Paul Scholes sat in Phil Neville"s box at Everton v Oldham

Scholes watches his beloved Oldham go out to Everton in pal Neville's box

but when asked by a fan 'would you ever manage Oldham Athletic' he responded positively.

'It’s quite difficult to say. I don’t know what will happen when I stop playing and Oldham have a manager,' he said.

On the road: The United midfielder is a lifelong fan of Oldham

On the road: The United midfielder is a lifelong fan of Oldham

'But I love Oldham and it’s the first result I look out for every week. I take my lad to watch them whenever I can.'

The lifelong Latics fan names Frankie Bunn, the former Oldham striker who once scored six goals in a game, as his favourite player.

When asked to select his all-time favourite XI in 2006 he picked another Oldham old boy, Stuart Balmer, at the centre of the defence.

Rio Ferdinand tweets that anyone comparing Gareth Bale to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo "doesn"t know football"

Think Bale is on the same level as Ronaldo and Messi You don't know football, says Rio

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09:36 GMT, 27 February 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 27 February 2013

Rio Ferdinand believes anyone who compares Tottenham’s Gareth Bale to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Barcelona magician Lionel Messi ‘doesn’t know football’.

The Manchester United defender tweeted to his four million followers that Bale needs to keep scoring at this rate for three or four years for there even to be a debate.

He wrote: ‘People mentioning Bale in the same breath as @Cristiano + Messi really don’t know football! Bale been 1 of best 2 in PL this year but….

'Don't know football!' Rio Ferdinand has slammed those comparing Gareth Bale (below) to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, saying the last two are on a different planet

'Don't know football!' Rio Ferdinand has slammed those comparing Gareth Bale (below) to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, saying the last two are on a different planet

Best in the world Gareth Bale's spectacular strike for Spurs against West Ham on Monday led to comparisons with the greatest players in the world

Best in the world Gareth Bale's spectacular strike for Spurs against West Ham on Monday led to comparisons with the greatest players in the world

‘He is not on CR7 + Messi’s level yet…he carries on doing what he is doing for 2/3yrs then there can be a debate.

‘Bale showed me a clean pair of heals once this year so I’m in good position to judge! CR7 + Messi have been on another planet for 4-5yrs #consistent #KeepItClean’

Bale has already scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season — earning Tottenham an astonishing 15 points on his own.

Number one: Cristiano Ronaldo reminded us of his quality by scoring two goals for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona last night

Number one: Cristiano Ronaldo reminded us of his quality by scoring two goals for Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona last night

Hot property: Lionel Messi has scored 49 goals for Barcelona already this season

Hot property: Lionel Messi has scored 49 goals for Barcelona already this season

Without him Spurs would be way off their quest for fourth place, languishing down in ninth position in the table. Statistics show manager Andre Villas-Boas has been given Bale free rein to roam the park and be selfish — he is making fewer passes and creating fewer goals than last season but scoring far more.

When Cristiano Ronaldo was Bale’s age at 23, he won the Ballon d’Or after scoring scored 31 goals for Manchester United at a rate of one goal every 89 minutes, with a shooting accuracy of 59 per cent.

So far this season Bale has scored 15 goals at a rate of one goal every 135 minutes, with a shooting accuracy of 57 per cent.

Jack Rodwell: I was surprised Manchester City bid for me

I was surprised City signed me, admits Rodwell as he reveals injury hell

through injury, but the youngster’s concerns were not limited
to his hamstrings after City made their move last summer.

Familiar face: Rodwell contests with future team-mate David Silva last season

Familiar face: Rodwell contests with future team-mate David Silva last season

Manager Roberto Mancini warned that
he had to improve while England boss Roy Hodgson expressed a fear that
he would spend much of the season on the bench at his new club. It did
not help when Rodwell’s misplaced passes led to City conceding goals
against Southampton and Borussia Dortmund in his first few games.

Asked if he was surprised at the
transfer, he said: ‘I was a little bit, yes, because of the injuries –
it was a good surprise though.

‘I’d seen the German doctor
Muller-Wohlfahrt a couple of months before City came in so I felt I was
fit at the time but I obviously wasn’t. I probably didn’t do enough work
after getting treated by him which I know now.

‘I don’t really think about the price
tag or anything like that. When you’re on the pitch you can’t think
about what the fans are thinking. It’s natural when you’ve spent that
much money and you’ve won the league last year, you do expect a little
bit of something in return.

‘I feel as though the fans saw a little bit more of me (against Chelsea) but there’s still a lot more to come in my opinion.’

Roberto Di Matteo airbushed from Chelsea history – club remove Champions League picture

Di Matteo airbrushed from Chelsea history as club remove Champions League picture featuring former boss

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

22:58 GMT, 26 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:13 GMT, 27 February 2013

Before: This picture featuring Roberto Di Matteo has been replaced

Before: This picture featuring Roberto Di Matteo has been replaced

Roberto di Matteo has been airbrushed out of Chelsea’s Champions League history after the club replaced his image on an iconic wall at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s history-making manager, sacked last November by owner Roman Abramovich, was pictured on the West Stand wall with the rest of the squad and their trophies at the start of the season.

Di Matteo has now been replaced by a huge image of Chelsea’s players and coaching staff — minus the manager — celebrating the club’s first European Cup triumph in the Allianz Arena.

And Chelsea supporters, who often take souvenir pictures next to the giant poster, have been left stunned by the decision.

The
new image is one of the few in existence with the team and coaching
staff celebrating their triumph without Di Matteo present.

The
popular Italian led Chelsea to their first European Cup last May, but
was brutally axed following a 3-0 defeat at Juventus in November.

The original picture of the squad was in
place at the start of the season, but Di Matteo has only just been
removed.

After: This is the picture which you can find at Stamford Bridge now, not featuring the former manager

After: This is the picture which you can find at Stamford Bridge now, not featuring the former manager

Gone and forgotten: Di Matteo led the Blues to double cup success before being ousted

Gone and forgotten: Di Matteo led the Blues to double cup success before being ousted

Gone and forgotten: Di Matteo led the Blues to double cup success before being ousted

He was still in place when Chelsea played Wigan at Stamford
Bridge on February 9, but had gone by the time they faced Brentford in
an FA Cup fourth-round replay on February 17.

Although the club insist the change was made because Di Matteo is no longer Chelsea manager, they are still using pictures of other departed stars in the new image outside Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba, who struck the winning penalty against Bayern Munich last May, is in the front row with Chelsea’s players.

Troubled times: Interim boss Benitez has failed to lift the gloom at Stamford Bridge

Troubled times: Interim boss Benitez has failed to lift the gloom at Stamford Bridge

Troubled times: Interim boss Benitez has failed to lift the gloom at Stamford Bridge

Florent Malouda, banished to training with the academy players in his final year and told he will never play for Chelsea again, is also in the frame.

Jose Bosingwa, who joined QPR in the summer on a free transfer, is another former player captured on the image, which has a prominent place just by the stadium’s entrance.

Chelsea last night pointed out that Di Matteo is pictured with the FA Cup in another area of the concourse.

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3 (Agg 2-4) – match report: Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice to reach Copa del Rey final

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 3 (Agg 2-4): Ronaldo sends Jose's men into Copa del Rey final on miserable night for Messi

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21:53 GMT, 26 February 2013

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UPDATED:

22:13 GMT, 26 February 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-1 win against their clasico rivals Barcelona to send Jose Mourinho's team into the Copa del Rey final.

The Portuguese star gave the visitors the lead when he scored a penalty in the 13th minute, which he earned after being brought down Gerard Pique, before he doubled their advantage just before the hour mark.

Raphael Varane headed in a corner in the 68th minute to put the tie beyond doubt but there was still time for a late consolation from Jordi Alba.

Madrid won the semi-final 4-2 on aggregate and set up a final showdown with either Sevilla or city rivals Atletico Madrid.

Star: Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp

Star: Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Nou Camp

MATCH FACTS

Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba, Sergio, Xavi (Alcantara 74), Cesc (Villa 60), Pedro (Tello 71), Iniesta, Messi.

Subs not used: Valdes, Mascherano, Adriano, Song.

Goals: Alba 89.

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao, Khedira, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ozil (Pepe 79), Xabi Alonso (Essien 84), Arbeloa, Higuain (Callejon 70), Di Maria.

Subs not used: Adan,Kaka, Benzema, Modric.

Goals: Ronaldo 13, 57, Varane 68.

Att: 90,002.

Referee: Undiano Mallenco.

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Cynical: Ronaldo was brought down by Gerard Pique in the penalty area in the 13th minute

Cynical: Ronaldo was brought down by Gerard Pique in the penalty area in the 13th minute


Lead: Ronaldo sent Jose Manuel Pinto the wrong way to open the scoring from the spot

Lead: Ronaldo sent Jose Manuel Pinto the wrong way to open the scoring from the spot

Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hostile: The Portuguese star was targeted by supporters with lasers


Gap: Ronaldo followed up Sami Khedira's effort to double Madrid's lead in the second half

Gap: Ronaldo followed up Sami Khedira's effort to double Madrid's lead in the second half

Gap: Ronaldo followed up Sami Khedira's effort to double Madrid's lead in the second half

Cruising: Raphael Varane rose highest to head home from a corner and put Real 3-0 up

Cruising: Raphael Varane rose highest to head home from a corner and put Real 3-0 up

Delight: Varane celebrated his goal with manager Jose Mourinho

Delight: Varane celebrated his goal with manager Jose Mourinho

Delight: Varane celebrated his goal with manager Jose Mourinho

Too little, too late: Jordi Alba scored a late consolation for Barcelona

Too little, too late: Jordi Alba scored a late consolation for Barcelona

Downbeat: Lionel Messi looked dejected as Madrid cruised past Barcelona

Downbeat: Lionel Messi looked dejected as Madrid cruised past Barcelona

Lionel Messi

Scouting: Sir Alex Ferguson and his United assistant Mike Phelan were in the stands at the Nou Camp

Scouting: Sir Alex Ferguson and his United assistant Mike Phelan were in the stands at the Nou Camp

London Welsh face charges over fielding of ineligible player

London Welsh face charges over fielding of ineligible player

By
Andrew Baldock, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

17:51 GMT, 26 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:08 GMT, 26 February 2013

London Welsh are to face a Rugby Football Union competitions hearing after being charged with fielding an ineligible player in 'a number' of Aviva Premiership games this season.

The RFU has announced that the hearing will take place on March 5 in London. The issue relates to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats.

The governing body also said that London Welsh's former rugby manager Mike Scott is the subject of a separate RFU disciplinary hearing relating to the registration of the same player.

In the dock: Keats' inclusion has landed Welsh in hot water

In the dock: Keats' inclusion has landed Welsh in hot water

Scott has been charged under RFU Rule 5.12 for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game' Scott's case will be heard at a later date.

London Welsh, Premiership newcomers this season, are currently three points above bottom club Sale Sharks with six league games remaining.

Should the Keats matter go against them, they could be facing a considerable points deduction and probable fine.

Sportsmail understands that Keats was ineligible for nine Premiership games that he appeared in this season. The news will be a hammer-blow to the club, who were promoted via last season's Championship play-offs.

In a statement, the RFU said: 'London Welsh are to appear at an RFU competitions hearing charged with fielding an ineligible player in a number of Aviva Premiership matches this season.

Not guilty: Keats isn't to blame for his club's predicament

Not guilty: Keats isn't to blame for his club's predicament

'The case relating to the registration of scrum-half Tyson Keats will be heard on Tuesday, March 5, by a panel of Jeremy Summers (chairman), Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty and Dr Julian Morris at the offices of Slater & Gordon, Chancery Lane, London.

'The club's former rugby manager Mike Scott is the subject of a separate RFU disciplinary hearing relating to the registration of the same player, and has been charged under RFU Rule 5.12 for 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the Union or the Game'.

'That case will be heard at a later date.'

London Welsh said tonight that they brought the matter to the RFU's attention after conducting an internal investigation earlier this month.

The club also said they wanted to stress than no fault in the matter resides with Keats.

London Welsh chief executive Tony Copsey said: 'This is obviously a serious matter which the club has not only brought to the attention of the RFU, but is also working closely with the RFU to provide full co-operation while the case is being prepared and ultimately heard next week.

'Due to the sensitive nature and the impending hearing, the club is unable to make any further comment at this time.'

Ronnie O"Sullivan will return to defend his World Snooker Championship at The Crucible in April

Ronnie's return! O'Sullivan confirms he will defend World Championship in April

: 18-11 – Ali Carter

He has until the end of tomorrow to
submit paperwork to World Snooker to register for the tournament and,
although he has dropped out of the top 16, will be a top seed as
reigning champion and will not have to qualify.

O'Sullivan said: 'I was a bit bored.
It was nice to have a year out, I had a lot of fun and needed the rest.
But I thought it was time to get back to doing what I've done for a lot
of my life.

'I have a different perspective now and thought it was worth giving it another whirl.

Favourites: O'Sullivan with Jimmy White at his press conference

Favourites: O'Sullivan with Jimmy White at his press conference

Decorated: O'Sullivan won his fourth world title in 2012 when he beat Ali Carter in the final

Decorated: O'Sullivan won his fourth world title in 2012 when he beat Ali Carter in the final

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'I certainly feel refreshed. I was never out of juice anyway. I could've kept going in snooker.

'I wasn't mentally exhausted I just needed to take time out.'

O'Sullivan hopes to play on for at
least two or three years, but did not rule out continuing beyond that
for another seven or eight. He said it depends on how he copes mentally
with the demands of the game.

He added: 'Even in my darkest moments of snooker, I'd probably take them back now.

'I just need to get back to potting some balls and getting back to winning.

'Snooker is a means to an end. You only get one life, want to make the most of it.'

O'SULLIVAN FACTFILE

1975: Born Wordsley, West Midlands, December 5.

1987: Wins his first pro-am tournament at the age of 12.

1991: Scores his first 147 aged 15.

1992: Turns professional.

1993: Becomes youngest winner of ranking tournament at 17, beating Stephen Hendry to win UK Championship.

1994: Wins British Open.

1995: Wins the Masters.

1996: Wins
Asian Classic and German Open. Found guilty by snooker's governing body
of assaulting an official at the World Championship and handed a
two-year suspended sentence, a 20,000 fine and advised to donate
10,000 to charity.

1997:
Wins UK Championship for second time. Compiles the fastest 147 on
record in just five minutes 20 seconds during World Championship win
over Mick Price.

1998: Wins Scottish Masters. Tests positive for marijuana after winning the Irish Masters and is later stripped of the title.

2001:
Wins Champions Cup, Masters, China Open, Irish Masters and his first
World Championship – beating John Higgins 18-14 – before crushing Ken
Doherty 10-1 in UK Championship final in York.

2004: May – Beats Graeme Dott 18-8 at the Crucible to take second World Championship.

2005:
After winning the Masters, Welsh Open and Irish Masters, fails to
defend his World Championship title when losing to Peter Ebdon in
quarter-finals after being 8-2 ahead. Claims in his post-match press
conference that he will take a year off from the sport. But he plays in
every tournament of the 2005-06 campaign except the Malta Cup.

December – Loses 9-8 to Mark King
in first round of the UK Championship, sitting with a towel on his head
while his opponent is at the table.

2006:
April – Loses 17-11 to eventual champion Graeme Dott in World
Championship semi-finals and hands his cue to a member of the audience
straight afterwards.

December 14 – Walks out of his UK
Championship quarter-final with Hendry in York mid-frame when 4-1 down.
He is later fined 20,000 and docked 900 ranking points.

2008:
March – In a China Open press conference, O'Sullivan makes lewd
comments and brandishes a microphone suggestively. He later apologises
for his behaviour but is fined and docked ranking points.

May 5 – Beats Ali Carter 18-8 to win his third World Championship.

2009:
January 12 – Accuses snooker of being on a downward spiral, but wins
the Masters despite smashing up his cue the day before the tournament.

September 20 – Pots red against
Mark King at the World Open and then asks referee Jan Verhaas what the
maximum break prize is. The answer is nothing and O`Sullivan duly clears
to 140 before having to be persuaded to pot the final black.

2011: August – Records the 11th 147 of his career – a snooker record – at the Paul Hunter classic.

October: Courts controversy by
claiming he is being 'raped' and 'blackmailed' by the sport, comments
which he later apologises for.

2012:
May 7 – Wins his fourth World Championship title with an 18-11 win over
Ali Carter at Sheffield's Crucible. Announces he is to take a break
from the sport.

November 6 – Reveals he has
abandoned plans to return to the snooker tour and will miss the rest of
the season because of 'personal issues which he needs to resolve'.

2013: February 26 – Announces at a press conference that he will defend his world title in April after all.

FIVE MEMORABLE O'SULLIVAN MOMENTS

1997: Fastest-ever 147

O'Sullivan's promise had already been brought to the nation's attention by a 147 break at the age of 15 and a UK Championship title success at 17. It was at the Crucible that he really won the nation's hearts, though, effortlessly posting a maximum break in his first-round clash with Mick Price in the astonishing time of five minutes and 20 seconds.

2001: First world title win

O'Sullivan finally cashed in his potential to win the game's biggest prize by beating John Higgins 18-14. A number of near misses left some wondering if the crowd favourite would ever win in Sheffield, but he dispelled all those doubts before dedicating the win to his father, Ronnie Sr, who was then serving a life sentence for murder.

2007: Semi-final maximum

O'Sullivan's UK Championship semi-final with Mark Selby was not high on quality but nonetheless went to a 17th-frame decider. Rather than playing cagey snooker, though, O'Sullivan thumped in a breathtaking 147 and then admitted: 'I cheated a bit really. I had been counting the dots on a spoon to keep focused.' He beat Stephen Maguire in the final.

2009: New cue, same result.

Forever trying to set himself new challenges to recover his old self, O'Sullivan resorted to smashing up his cue on the eve of the 2009 Masters and set about trying to win the tournament – one of his favourite events – with a brand new cue. 'It was fun, I really went to town on it. I wanted an excuse not to play,' he said. He achieved his mission, though, beating Selby in the final.

2012: Fourth world title

O'Sullivan entered the year under something of a cloud, with further talk of retirement combined with his ever-sliding ranking. Needing a positive result at the German Masters to avoid having to qualify for the World Championship, he came back from the brink in his first-round clash with Andrew Higginson before going on to win the title with a final win over Maguire. He then maintained his form through to the Worlds, making light work of stellar names such as Mark Williams and Neil Robertson before dismantling Ali Carter in the final.

Mo Farah is asked by US presenter LaTonya Norton if he has run before after New Orleans half marathon – VIDEO

VIDEO: Have you run before, Mo US TV presenter asks Olympic hero Farah if New Orleans half marathon was his debut

Olympic champion over 5,000 metres and 10,000m, asked her to repeat the question and then answered tactfully: ‘It’s not my first time. I have done a half marathon before but it’s my first time in New Orleans.’

Sunday’s race was Farah’s second outing over 13.1 miles following his debut in New York in 2011. The Briton will run half the Virgin London Marathon in April and then attempt his first race over 26.2 miles in the capital next year.

VIDEO: Mo Farah is asked an awkward question by a US presenter

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No 1: Mo Farah wins gold in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in London

No 1: Mo Farah wins gold in the 10,000m at the Olympic Games in London

No 2: Farah winning his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m

No 2: Farah winning his second Olympic gold in the 5,000m

Mo-Bolt: Farah and Usain Bolt swap celebrations at London's Olympic Stadium

Mo-Bolt: Farah and Usain Bolt swap celebrations at London's Olympic Stadium

Decorated: LaTonya Norton seemed unaware she was talking to a double Olympic gold medallist

Decorated: LaTonya Norton seemed unaware she was talking to a double Olympic gold medallist

Iconic: Farah performs the 'Mobot' on Team GB's open-top bus tour

Iconic: Farah performs the 'Mobot' on Team GB's open-top bus tour

SAM TOMKINS: This is the biggest year in our sporting history and I can"t wait to give the Aussies a beating

This is the biggest year in our sport's history and I can't wait to give the arrogant Aussies a World Cup beating

.

Well
even though Leeds just came up short losing 14-18, Kevin still gets my
vote. When you see him train he’s utterly ruthless, he’s one of this
country’s finest sporting leaders and is so important to Leeds and
England.

Cameron Smith of Melbourne Storm poses with the trophy

Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos

Winners: Cameron Smith (left) may have held the World Club Challenge trophy aloft last Friday but Kevin Sinfield (right) gets Sam's vote as deserved player of the year

Away from rugby league and I was immensely proud to see my brother Joel selected for a Six Nations squad last week, although he didn’t make the match-day squad against France.

Joel and I are really close and when
he moved down to London I found it quite hard. We used to train together
every day and even though he’s only two hours away on the train it was
weird not seeing him.

I’m
delighted that he’s taken to life down south so quickly and hopefully in
the not too distant future will get a place in the full England team.
I’ll definitely be down there cheering him on should he
make it.

Pride of a Lion: Sam's brother Joel (left) was called into the England rugby union squad for the Six Nations game against France

Pride of a Lion: Sam's brother Joel (left) was called into the England rugby union squad for the Six Nations game against France

Also, I was shocked to read about the awful racist abuse Mario Balotelli got in football's Milan derby at the weekend.

There is absolutely no place for racism in any sport and the worst part is generally its a minority that spoil it and damage the reputation of a club.

Shocking: Balotelli (foreground) was racially taunted by Inter Milan fans at the wekeend

Shocking: Balotelli (foreground) was racially taunted by Inter Milan fans at the wekeend

Manchester United beat Liverpool in U21s but a flare and smoke bombs are thrown

Flares, smoke bombs and pitch invaders mar Liverpool v Man United Under 21 clash

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

23:19 GMT, 25 February 2013

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UPDATED:

07:20 GMT, 26 February 2013

Young Liverpool striker Adam Morgan was confronted by a pitch invader during ugly scenes at the Premier League Under-21 clash with Manchester United.

Morgan, 18, shrugged off the encounter which followed a flare being thrown on to the pitch at Langtree Park, the home of St Helens rugby league team on Monday night.

Raucous: Manchester United fans brought smoke bombs and a flare to the U21 match at Langtree Park

Raucous: Manchester United fans brought smoke bombs and a flare to the U21 match at Langtree Park

United fans threw a smoke bomb on to the pitch

Players cover their mouths because of the smoke

Man United claimed a dramatic 1-0 victory over their bitter rivals team thanks to Michele
Fornasier's last-gasp strike.

The Italian defender pounced from close range just as it seemed Warren Joyce's side would be denied victory in front of a large crowd.

Alex Buttner and Nick Powell started for United, along with Jeffery Schlupp who is on trial from Leicester, while Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey lined up for Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League Under 21 clash.

Liverpool had Stephen Sama sent off early in the second half for his second yellow card.

But the visitors almost failed to capitalise on the dismissal of Sama, spurning several good chances to score before Fornasier's late strike.

Interruption: A Manchester United supporter runs onto the pitch to confront Liverpool's Adam Morgan

Interruption: A Manchester United supporter runs onto the pitch to confront Liverpool's Adam Morgan

Step down: Raheem Sterling was in action for Liverpool's U21s

Step down: Raheem Sterling was in action for Liverpool's U21s

On target: United's Michele Fornasier celebrates scoring a late winning goal

On target: United's Michele Fornasier celebrates scoring a late winning goal

Two years ago the bitter rivalry marred an FA Youth Cup game at Anfield when away supporters chanted songs about the Hillsborough and Heysel disasters.

There were three arrests for drunkenness and six United supporters were ejected in a chaotic quarter-final.

Both sides finished with nine men as United won 3-2 after coming back from two goals down.

Old Trafford officials were appalled by the conduct of some fans – two were spoken to by police after allegedly setting off flares.

Video: Man United's winning goal