Rail passengers are facing twenty minute delays to journeys between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street stations.
National Rail said on their website:
"A broken down train near Birchwood is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to trains between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street. This is expected to continue until at least 12:00 (midday)."
National Rail also said delays between Huddersfield and Manchester were expected to ease by 11am after an earlier breakdown at Stalybridge.
Manchester United's Antonio Valencia has undergone an operation although the extent of his injury has not been revealed.
Valencia posted a picture of himself on Instagram in a hospital bed following surgery a day after United's final game of the season against Hull.
"Thanks to God everything went well. And now just thinking about recovery," he posted, before a second picture was uploaded of the Ecuadorian with his family.
Valencia was virtually an ever-present for Louis van Gaal at right-back last season once the Dutchman settled on a back four in late January.
Only David de Gea and Wayne Rooney played more games than Valencia, who made 34 appearances in what was his seventh season at United.
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Radamel Falcao thanked Manchester United supporters as he bade them farewell following his unsuccessful loan spell at Old Trafford.
United thought they had pulled off one of the deals of the season last summer when they signed Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco.
But eight months on, the club decided against signing the striker on a permanent basis after he scored just four goals in 29 appearances.
The striker himself took to Instagram to give thanks to the fans who had backed him through his difficult year at Old Trafford.
"I wanna thank Manchester United and all its fans for every word and gesture of support they gave me in every match," the striker wrote underneath a picture of him celebrating in an United shirt."
"I'll never forget it!!"
Manuel Pellegrini has said there will be no "special meeting" between him and the Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
The Chilean said he was already in contact with Al Mubarak every week but they would analyse the season and where the squad could improve.
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Campaigners at a park in Manchester need to raise five thousands pounds to install security cameras.
It follows an attack in which a number of chickens were tortured and killed by an intruders at Pets Corner at Longford Park.
Friends of the Park says CCTV is vital to protect their animals.
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