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Bruce: I have not been good enough

Relegated Hull City manager Steve Bruce says he and his team "have not been good enough" to stay in the Premier League.

The former Manchester United man led the Tigers to a creditable 0-0 draw against the Red Devils, but it wasn't enough to keep them from sliding into the Championship.

Bruce was coy on discussion about his future saying only that he would analyse his performance:


Hull name unchanged side for Man Utd clash

Victor Valdes made his full Manchester United debut as Louis van Gaal's side looked to send Hull down with victory at the KC Stadium.

David de Gea failed to overcome his hamstring injury and was left out of the squad, which meant Valdes made his first start since suffering a serious knee injury for Barcelona 14 months ago.

Angel di Maria replaced Marouane Fellaini in midfield and captain Wayne Rooney came in for Radamel Falcao, who did not make the bench.

Hull, who must win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation, named the same starting XI that lost to Tottenham last weekend.

Redknapp: "Hull boss Bruce should have been contender for Man Utd job"

Harry Redknapp believes Steve Bruce should have rivalled Louis van Gaal for the Manchester United job during the summer.

Why not Bruce?: Harry Redknapp believes that Hull manager Steve Bruce should've been in the frame for the Manchester United job Credit: Press Association

United picked Dutchman van Gaal to replace the David Moyes, but Redknapp feels the Hull City bossdeserved to be in the reckoning too.

The QPR manager praised Bruce for his work at City last season and added van Gaal "couldn't have done a better job".

“Louis van Gaal couldn’t have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year," Redknapp told the Manchester Evening News.

“Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?

“OK, a few times in his career it hasn’t worked out but that would be true of Van Gaal, too, if he had spent his managerial life at clubs like Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town or Hull.”


Champions League winner signs for non-league Tadcaster

One of the summer's biggest transfers in our region did not involve Leeds United or Huddersfield Town or either of the Sheffield clubs. It was completed by North Eastern Counties Premier League side Tadcaster Albion.

The part-time minnows made the biggest signing in their history when they brought in former Manchester United midfielder Jonathan Greening. And as Chris Dawkes reports, at only 35 he's still got plenty to give.

Wellbeck worry for trip to Hull

Danny Welbeck is a doubt for Manchester United's Boxing Day trip to Hull.

Welbeck suffered a bang on the knee during Saturday's win over West Ham and, though fears of a repeat of the injury that ruled him out earlier in the season have been dispelled, he is in a race to be fit for tomorrow.

Michael Carrick (Achilles) and Robin van Persie (thigh) are unlikely to be involved and Marouane Fellaini (wrist) is definitely out but Anders Lindegaard should be back after a hip problem.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Johnstone, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Vidic, Fabio, Valencia, Nani, Jones, Fletcher, Cleverley, Giggs, Anderson, Young, Zaha, Januzaj, Rooney, Welbeck, Kagawa, Hernandez.

Ashley Young given six month driving ban

Manchester United and England football star Ashley Young has told a court he was deeply sorry for his behaviour after he was caught driving at 100mph on a motorway in West Yorkshire.

The 28-year-old was spotted in a Range Rover by police on the M62 eastbound at around 3am on January 27, Wakefield Magistrates' Court was told. Hehas been given a six month driving ban.

Watkins takes on Tykes role

New Barnsley chairman Maurice Watkins Credit: Press Association

Former Manchester United director Maurice Watkins will take up a new role as chairman of Championship side Barnsley next week.

Watkins, who holds several key positions including chairman of British Swimming and is a non-executive director of the Rugby Football League, will return to a football boardroom almost a year since he left his role at Old Trafford.

Watkins was a director at United for 28 years from 1984 to 2012 and was also a director of Manchester United PLC between 1991 and 2004.

"It's great to be back in football at club level and my message is loud and clear - Barnsley means business," Watkins said of his new appointment.

"The Championship is a hard league with many great clubs and when you think a club was relegated last season with 54 points, that sums up the quality.

"Our task now is to make progress in the league, strengthen our position and get even more fans behind the club. I can bring a wealth of football knowledge and experience having been involved with the game at the highest level with Manchester United for over 28 years."

Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne said the club had appointed Watkins due to his breadth of experience across different sports and to provide fresh leadership at board level after operating without a chairman for some time.

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