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Man Utd consider re-signing Ryan Shawcross

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Ryan Shawcross playing for Man Utd in a pre-season friendly in 2007. Credit: PA

Manchester United are giving serious thought to bringing former defender Ryan Shawcross back to Old Trafford.

The Stoke City skipper started his senior playing career at United in 2006 but didn't quite make the grade and left for Stoke a couple of seasons later.

But with little sign of United's defensive troubles easing, they may try to buy their old boy back. So says the Daily Star.

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Hughes has sympathy with under-fire Pardew

Stoke manager Mark Hughes understands how Alan Pardew must be feeling as he battles to keep his critics at bay, but also knows the only way the Newcastle manager can end the negativity is by turning around their current slump.

The Magpies are the visitors to the Britannia Stadium on Monday night and are without a win after five matches, with only Burnley below them in the Barclays Premier League table.

A lot of people don't know the reason why certain things have occurred or why there hasn't been a good performance.

There are always other things people outside the immediate group don't know about and you know yourself you can't go out and say, 'well, these are the reasons'.

So you have to protect yourself, your position and your club sometimes from situations and sometimes that's to the detriment of yourself.

It's not easy because there is more focus on you as a club and you, as the figurehead in terms of football. It goes with the territory and you have to deal with it.

The focus on big clubs is always there and the only way you can deal with it, to take that focus off you as a manager, is by winning football matches and if you don't there is a negative focus

– Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

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Hughes won't sell Crouch to QPR

Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be only too happy to tell QPR boss Harry Redknapp to forget about signing striker Peter Crouch should he get a call when the transfer window reopens in January.

Redknapp - who managed Crouch at Portsmouth, twice, at Southampton and also at Tottenham - makes no secret of his admiration for the 33-year-old former England striker.

I think there was an enquiry (from QPR in the summer) and the people asked if he was available and I said no, and that was as far as it went.

Possibly, I would imagine so, yes (there might be another one in January).

– Stoke boss Mark Hughes

Asked if QPR would received the same answer on Crouch's availability, Hughes replied: "Yes".

Peter Crouch disappointed with dropped points

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Lightning quick Crouch leaves Ferdinand for dead. Credit: PA

Stoke goalscorer Peter Crouch's frustration was evident after his side twice lost the lead to draw 2-2 with QPR.

"It's a huge disappointment," Crouch told BT Sport.

"I think we should have been leading at half-time and to not win the game... I think we were the better team and derserved to win."

Kranjcar's goal came after Steve Sidwell's needless foul and Crouch was not surprised to see his former Portsmouth team-mate exact full revenge.

"I knew he was a threat and then he goes and does that," he said.

"It was a great free-kick but if you don't go and get the three or four goals, you're always susceptible to that.

"It was a bit of a sucker blow, it's hard to take but if you don't punish teams you're always susceptible to drawing a game."

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