Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dropped the diamond formation against Chelsea, after being given the hairdryer treatment by an 80-year-old granny.

The octogenarian from Rochdale phoned the club's official call-in show after the win against Braga, and Ferguson said it helped him make the decision to bring back his wingers.

Five Premier League players are on the shortlist for the 2012's FIFA Ballon d'Or.

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero are up for the award.

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta says he still hopes to force his way into the Spain squad.

The 30-year-old Gunners vice-captain has never made an appearance for his country at senior level.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has criticised the linesman who failed to award the Reds a legitimate winner against Everton.

Gerrard approached the official after the game and says the response he was given was 'not good enough'.

Finally, Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt for the Capital One Cup encounter with Norwich on Wednesday.

The Togo international was sent home from training on Monday with a stomach bug.

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