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Jane Mangan unseated by Oscar Delta yards from victory at Cheltenham Festival

Misery for Mangan as Oscar Delta unseats teenage rider… just yards from winning post at Cheltenham Festival

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

16:55 GMT, 15 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:53 GMT, 15 March 2013

Teenage jockey Jane Mangan had victory snatched from her grasp in the Foxhunter Chase as Oscar Delta unseated her as they powered towards the finish.

In the amateur version of the Gold Cup, Oscar Delta jinked to the left, hitting
the rope where there was no permanent rail and the daughter of trainer
Jimmy Mangan was unshipped, leaving favourite Salsify to take advantage.

So far so good: Oscar Delta looked unbeatable approaching the line...

So far so good: Oscar Delta looked unbeatable approaching the line…

... but after jinking to the left he collided with the rail and there was no way back for Jane Mangan....

… but after jinking to the left he collided with the rail and there was no way back for Jane Mangan….

... but he jinked to the left and collided with the rail and there was no way back for Jane Mangan....

...and it was left to Salsify to claim the honours

…and it was left to Salsify to claim the honours

It was a cruel blow for punters who had backed Oscar Delta, 20-1 at the off, and Irish firm Paddy Power are refunding bets on the Mangan runner.

Creevytennant set the pace but continually jumped out to the right and he was still in front until the fourth-last where Oscar Delta took it up.

The 10-year-old pulled away from Salsify after the third-last fence and jumped the last with a handy lead.

He looked set for victory until it turned into defeat and agony for connections.

Colman Sweeney was able to coast his mount, trained by his father Rodger, over the line 20 lengths ahead of Divine Intavention with Cottage Oak a neck away in third.

Head in hands: Jane Mangan can't believe her bad luck after crashing off Oscar Delta in the Foxhunter Chase

Head in hands: Jane Mangan can't believe her bad luck after crashing off Oscar Delta in the Foxhunter Chase

Just her pride that's hurt: Mangan just seconds after the fall that cost her victory in the Foxhunter Chase

There, there: Mangan is consoled after bowing out of the Foxhunter Chase with victory in sight

Just her pride that's hurt: Mangan after the fall that cost her victory in the Foxhunter Chase

Just her pride that's hurt: Mangan after the fall that cost her victory in the Foxhunter Chase

Salsify is the first back-to-back winner of the amateur riders' Gold cup since Double Silk in 193-94.

Sweeney jnr said: 'God was on my side, I feel sorry for Jane, though. I did feel he was going to rally but I probably wouldn't have got there.

'This horse is a different horse on decent ground, he didn't feel the same at all on soft.

'He can be very keen so I dropped him right out until I got settled and then he jumped into it.

'He does rally and stay on but I think Jane would have won.

'I'd like to dedicate this to John Thomas (McNamara) as everything we do we do for love. He was one of the senior boys when I first started and he still is. We're all thinking of him.'

Sweeney snr said: 'It was very lucky and I'm gutted for Jane who is a good friend of ours and a very polished rider.

'Our fellow didn't like the ground but he kept trying his best but Jimmy Mangan should have been the winner.'

Jessica Ennis and Sir Dave Brailsford were among a number of British Olympians honoured by the Queen

Ennis, Rutherford, Adams and Rowsell lead the Olympic honours list while cycling boss Brailsford becomes a knight at the Palace

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Honoured: Jessica Ennis (second from left) Greg Rutherford (centre) and Nicola Adams (second from right) pose with Beefeaters after being honoured by the Queen for their heroics during London 2012

Honoured: Jessica Ennis (above, right) receives her CBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and poses before entering (below)

Honoured: Jessica Ennis (above, right) receives her CBE medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and poses before entering (below)

Jessica Ennis

Pride: Ennis shows off her newly awarded CBE

Pride: Ennis shows off her newly awarded CBE

Today’s ceremony will see honours go to a collection of athletes who became household names with their achievements as part of Team GB.

Greg Rutherford, 26, who landed a gold in the long jump, spoke of his excitement at being awarded the MBE. He said: 'I am very excited and very nervous as well.

Knighted: British Cycling performance director and head of Team Sky Sir David Brailsford (right) receives his knighthood from the Queen

Knighted: British Cycling performance director and head of Team Sky Sir David Brailsford (above, right) receives his knighthood from the Queen and stands with his family before entering the Palace (below)

Sir David Brailsford

'It’s not every day you get to do something like this and meet the Queen. The heart’s racing a bit.

'You dream of doing well at an Olympics, especially a home Olympics, and then the things that come along after that are just absolutely out of this world.

'I don’t think truly you can imagine these sorts of things happening and being awarded by the Queen. It really is just extraordinary.'

Sportsmail's own: Joanna Rowsell speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

Sportsmail's own: Joanna Rowsell speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

MBE: Sportsmail columnist Joanna Rowsell (right) speaks with the Queen after becoming a Member of the British Empire

Greg Rutherford

Nicola Adams

Collecting more medals Long jumper Greg Rutherford (left) and boxer Nicola Adams each picked up an MBE

Boxing gold medal winner Nicola Adams, 30, is also being awarded an MBE.

The flyweight, who outclassed China’s Ren Cancan to win, said: 'I’m over the moon, really excited.'

Wearing Kurt Geiger shoes and a black Phillip Lim jacket, she added: 'It isn’t every day you get to come to the palace and receive the MBE.

Sealed with a handshake: Double Olympic champion Jason Kenny collects his OBE

Sealed with a handshake: Double Olympic champion Jason Kenny collects his OBE

'I am over the moon and can’t believe I’m receiving this today.'

Double 2012 cycling champion Jason Kenny, 24, is to collected his OBE with team-mate and team pursuit gold medallist Joanna Rowsell, 24.

Ecstatic: Sir David shows his emotions while chatting to the Queen

Ecstatic: Sir David shows his emotions while chatting to the Queen

British Cycling performance director and principal of Team Sky, David Brailsford, will receive his knighthood.

Sir David led Britain to eight cycling gold medals for a second successive Olympics and Team Sky to an historic one-two in the Tour de France.

23 years own: Former England and Glamorgan cricketer Robert Croft was awarded an MBE

23 years own: Former England and Glamorgan cricketer Robert Croft was awarded an MBE

He receives his knighthood for services to cycling and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Cricketer Robert Croft, who retired during the summer, will pick up his MBE following a 23-year career with England and Glamorgan.

Arsene Wenger praises Pat Rice after MBE

Wenger heaps praise on Rice after former Arsenal assistant is awarded MBE

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00:02 GMT, 29 December 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger paid tribute to former assistant Pat Rice as 'someone you could go to war with' after it was announced the long-serving Gunner has been awarded an MBE.

Rice made more than 400 appearances for Arsenal, helping the club win their first league and FA Cup double in 1970-71, while he also won 49 caps for Northern Ireland.

Following his retirement from playing after a spell at Watford in 1984, Rice became a coach with the Gunners and then assistant to Wenger when he was appointed manager in 1996.

Pat Rice

Pat Rice

From player to coach: Pat Rice has a rich history with Arsenal

Rice, 63, played a part in two more doubles and the unbeaten league season of 2003-04 before announcing his retirement at the end of last season 48 years after first joining Arsenal.

Wenger said: 'I am absolutely delighted because if someone deserves it, it's Pat Rice.

'He had 100 per cent genuine commitment every day and you respect that when you see that from somebody, and he is someone you could go to war with. You would love to be in the trenches with Pat and those are very difficult qualities to find in modern society.'

Rice greeted the news with shock and joy, saying: 'I'm delighted and honoured to be receiving an MBE. The news of the award came as a complete surprise and I'm just so flattered to be included in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

'Football and Arsenal have been my life and I have so many fantastic memories during my career. I have been lucky to have played and worked with so many great individuals, and through hard work I have enjoyed some success along the way.

Team work: Arsene Wenger (left) with Pat Rice at Arsenal

Team work: Arsene Wenger (left) with Pat Rice at Arsenal

'I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me throughout my career, and importantly, a special thank you to all my family, who have always been there for me and supported me throughout my career.'

Sports honours were dominated by athletes, coaches and administrators involved in the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, but St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks led the way among other sporting figures, receiving a CBE for services to football.

He oversaw the building of the National Football Centre near Burton-upon-Trent, which opened in October, while he was chairman of Ipswich for 13 years from 1995 to 2008.

Sheepshanks, who is also honoured for charitable services in Suffolk, was appointed chairman of the Football League in 1997 and has been involved with the Football Association, UEFA and FIFA.

Recognised: David Sheepshanks

Recognised: David Sheepshanks

Former England cricket captain and Kent president Mike Denness is awarded an OBE for services to sport 37 and a half years after his last Test match.

The 72-year-old, the only Scotsman to captain England, played 28 Test matches, scoring four centuries, and led his country on 19 occasions.

Denness, who later became an International Cricket Council match referee, was named president of the county for which he played for 14 years last December.

Among those to receive MBEs are two more recent England cricketers, Mark Ramprakash and Robert Croft.

Both men retired this summer after long careers in county cricket, with Croft playing for Glamorgan for 23 seasons and Ramprakash representing Middlesex and Surrey.

'This honour eclipses anything I have done in my career,' Ramprakash said.

David Collier, the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, welcomed the honours for the trio.

He said: 'The award to Mike Denness is fitting recognition for a long and distinguished career in cricket which has seen him fulfil a variety of key roles.

'Mark Ramprakash was among the most supremely gifted batsmen of his generation and can be justifiably proud of being one of an elite band of cricketers who have scored 100 first-class hundreds.

'Very few cricketers achieve the feat of scoring more than 10,000 first-class runs and taking more than 1,000 first-class wickets as Robert Croft did for Glamorgan during a 23-year career. His honour is richly deserved.'

Also awarded OBEs are Catherine Caithness, president of the World Curling Federation, and John Sanderson for services to the horseracing industry.

All out: Mark Ramprakash retired this summer after a long career in cricket

All out: Mark Ramprakash retired this summer after a long career in cricket

The same honour goes to Amanda Reddin, the head national coach for British Gymnastics and personal coach to Beth Tweddle, Britain's most successful female gymnast.

Former Wales and Lions wing JJ Williams receives an MBE for services to rugby and charitable services in Wales.

The 64-year-old won 30 caps for his country between 1973 and 1979 and was selected for the iconic Lions tours in 1974 and 1977, playing in seven Tests.

Former St Helens and Great Britain star Paul Sculthorpe is recognised for his rugby league career and charity work while Colin Appleyard and Elizabeth Littler are also awarded MBEs for services to motorcycle sport and ice skating respectively.

Honoured: John James Williams

Honoured: John James Williams

Former Great Britain hockey player Tina Cullen receives the same award as does Andrew Thomson for services to bowls and James Gundill for services to horseracing.

Finally, Andrew Gairdner is also awarded an MBE following his retirement this summer as voluntary chief steward at Wimbledon after 34 years working at the All England Club.

Sheepshanks was pleased to receive his award in a year he helped oversee the opening of St George's Park.

'I feel both humbled and proud,' he said.

'Of course, it is a wonderful honour to receive personally, but I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for all the special people that I have been privileged to work with along the way, both in the world of football and locally in Suffolk, not least thanks to my wonderful wife and family, whose support is unwavering.

'The year 2012 has been magnificent for all of us at the FA with the opening of St George's Park.

'I feel that I receive this award in recognition of the combined efforts of the fabulous team that I have been fortunate to lead who have designed, built, and now operate St George's Park.'

James DeGale wants Carl Froch fight after vacating European super-middleweight title

DeGale eyes Froch showdown after vacating his European crown

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11:42 GMT, 18 December 2012

James DeGale has vacated his European super-middleweight title in order to challenge for world honours – and he has targeted a British showdown with IBF world champion Carl Froch.

The 2008 Olympic gold medalist won the belt last October by beating Poland's Piotr Wilczewski and successfully defended it against Cristian Sanavia and Hadillah Mohoumadi this year.

'I'd love to fight Carl and for British boxing that would be a massive fight,' said the 26-year-old.

Moving on up: James DeGale has vacated his European crown in pursuit of glory at world level

Moving on up: James DeGale has vacated his European crown in pursuit of glory at world level

'If I can continue to progress and keep on winning, then it would make sense for us to fight.

'If everything goes right, I hope to fight for the WBC title next year, either as the mandatory against Andre Ward or for the vacant title if he decides to give it up.

'I think Carl would like a big domestic world title fight before he retires. He didn't get it against Joe Calzaghe, despite years of trying, and hopefully he could get one against me.

'He's the sort of fighter who will fight anyone, he likes big fights, and if I can win a world title, that would make it a big fight.'

DeGale added the vacant WBC Silver title to his collection earlier this month when he out-pointed Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull.

Hit list: DeGale would love to fight fellow Brit Carl Froch

Hit list: DeGale would love to fight fellow Brit Carl Froch (L)

'It has been an real honour to be EBU champion and it’s a shame that I have had to choose between the two championship belts I hold,' he said.

'However, I feel my decision to relinquish the European belt is the right decision at this stage in my career.

'I’ve won it and defended it twice and I feel the best course of action is to defend my WBC belt en-route to a world title.

'The WBC belt will give me a wider choice of world-class opponents.'

DeGale had been due to defend his belt for a third time against Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye in Kent on January 26 but that has been scrapped.

Lewis Hamilton predicts Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso "epic contest"

Hamilton predicts 'epic contest' between Vettel and Alonso in Brazil title showdown

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18:45 GMT, 21 November 2012

Lewis Hamilton is relishing this weekend's fight to the finish for the Formula One world title between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso.

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has no doubts Hamilton would also have been in contention going into Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix had his team not underperformed and let down the 27-year-old.

Sunday's victory in the United States underlined just what Hamilton and the team are capable of as he conjured a stunning drive.

Special guest: Fernando Alonso rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday

Special guest: Fernando Alonso rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday

Special guest: Fernando Alonso rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday

Instead, it is a duel between Vettel and Alonso as both men aim to become a three-time champion, with the duo separated by 13 points.

Addressing the title fight, Hamilton said: 'It’s a very finely poised battle, and neither Sebastian nor Fernando can afford to relax for a moment.

'They are both fantastic drivers, and both have driven superbly all season.

'Now we’ll see who takes the final honours – I hope it’s an epic contest.'

For Hamilton, it is a case of what might have been as McLaren have been plagued by pit-stop issues and unreliability at various stages this season.

Whitmarsh is aware of what must be done over the winter, even though Hamilton will not be with the team in 2013 given he joins Mercedes at the start of the year.

'We’ve underperformed, we haven’t done a good enough job in a number of different ways,' said Whitmarsh.

Yours to lose: Sebastian Vettel is 13 points clear of Alonso in the drivers' championship with one race left

Yours to lose: Sebastian Vettel is 13 points clear of Alonso in the drivers' championship with one race left

'We’ve done some good things, we had a quick car, but we haven’t nailed it in the way I would like this year, which is something we have to take stock of.

'We have to get better with everything we do, which is something we aim to do during the winter and target an epic season next year.'

For now, with one race remaining at the end of his six years in F1 with McLaren, Hamilton would love to go out with back-to-back wins.

Although claiming Sunday’s win in Austin was the 'ultimate high' as he again had the team smiling as they wore their rocket-red victory tops post-race, naturally the racer in him still wants more.

Hat's amazing: Lewis Hamilton won in Austin for McLaren last weekend but his title race is over

Hat's amazing: Lewis Hamilton won in Austin for McLaren last weekend but his title race is over

'Brazil has been the scene of some epic races for me during my time at McLaren and, for many reasons, this weekend will be a very big race for me,' said Hamilton.

'I nearly won the title here in 2007, clinched it on the final turn in ‘08 and drove like crazy to finish on the podium in ‘09.

'But I’ve never won, and that’s what I’ll be aiming to do this time around.

'As my final race behind the wheel of a McLaren, I vow to the whole team that I’ll give it my all on every single lap.

'My win in Austin last week was one of the races of my life, and I’d love to take victory in Brazil this weekend to give the team the perfect farewell present.'

Scott Quigg ready for Rendall Munroe on Ricky Hatton undercard

Quigg plans to take centre stage in rematch with Munroe on Hatton undercard

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16:13 GMT, 20 November 2012

Scott Quigg is ready to upstage his mentor Ricky Hatton on Saturday when he meets domestic rival Rendall Munroe in a fascinating battle for global honours.

Quigg and Munroe square off five months after their original bout ended in an anti-climactic technical draw when a clash of heads left Munroe with a cut which forced a premature finish.

They do so in the limelight of Hatton's much-hyped comeback, with the Hitman seeking redemption by taking on former welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko at the Manchester Arena.

Head to head: Scott Quigg (right) takes the next step on his way to a world title against Rendell Munroe

Head to head: Scott Quigg (right) takes the next step on his way to a world title against Rendell Munroe

While Hatton's return to action will undoubtedly be fascinating, purists will be similarly intrigued by the crossroads fight between Bury's Quigg and Leicester southpaw Munroe for the WBA 'interim' super-bantamweight belt.

The winner will earn a shiny belt of debatable worth to strap around his waist but also, more importantly, open the door to fights with the likes of 'proper' WBA champion Guillermo Rigondeaux.

Quigg, 24, is just grateful to be appearing on such a huge stage – but admits it would be nice to steal the limelight.

'I can't think of anything bigger in boxing at the moment than Ricky Hatton's comeback so for my fight to be on the undercard is great,' he said.

'The publicity I'm going to get through it being such a big event, I wouldn't have got that anywhere else.

Let's try again: Quigg and Munroe first met in June but the fight ended when the latter was badly cut

Let's try again: Quigg and Munroe first met in June but the fight ended when the latter was badly cut

'For people to say this fight might end up being the fight of the night is great.

'I think it could upstage Ricky's fight and it would be a great achievement to be in a fight such as that.

'It's going to be a cracking fight. Rendall is world class, he's fought at world level when he boxed for the WBC title and did so well.

'I'm getting in there with a world-class fighter on Saturday and the job I do on him and the way I win will show whether I'm ready or not. I'm confident I am ready to move onto big things in 2013.'

Reflecting on their unsatisfactory three rounds in June, the Lancastrian said: 'It's a disappointment for both of us how the last fight ended because we'd both trained hard but I'm just glad it's been made again.

'His eye has healed quickly apparently so it's a fight I'm looking forward to.

'I was feeling comfortable in the first fight, I saw things that were working for me but I'm expecting a better Rendall Munroe because I think he might have underestimated me first time around.'

Clash: Quigg and Munro will fight on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback in Manchester

Clash: Quigg and Munro will fight on the undercard of Ricky Hatton's comeback in Manchester

Munroe, who challenged Toshiaki Nishioka for the WBC super-bantamweight title in Tokyo in 2010 and gave a good account of himself, has shrugged off the fact many are tipping Quigg to win.

'Obviously they're looking at Scott Quigg as the young prospect rather than focusing on the quality of fighters I've boxed,' said the 32-year-old former bin man.

'I don't watch others, I just do what I've got to do. It's been very frustrating for me because I proved myself as an elite athlete against Nishioka but I proved myself too much because since then, nobody will give me a chance.'

A quality undercard also sees St Helens' former world title challenger Martin Murray bid to claim the WBA's 'interim' middleweight belt against Jorge Navarro while Gary Buckland defends his British super-featherweight title against Stephen Foster Jr.

European champion Sergey Rabchenko, who is trained by Hatton, defends his belt against Cedric Vitu.

Tony Bellew fights through the blood to step closer to world shot

Bellew fights through the blood to step closer to world shot

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23:09 GMT, 17 November 2012

Tony Bellew survived a nasty cut to
jump a step closer to a world title shot with a unanimous decision win
over Argentina's Roberto Bolonti in Nottingham.

The fiery Liverpudlian was seeking
to build on his recent win over Edison Miranda as he looks to earn a
second bid for world honours.

Bellew had shown his world title
credentials in a premature and unsuccessful shot at Nathan Cleverly's
WBO light-heavyweight title last year and has been rebuilding towards
another crack since then.

Stepping stone: Tony Bellew celebrates his victory over Roberto Bolonti

Stepping stone: Tony Bellew celebrates his victory over Roberto Bolonti

He continued that progress at the Capital FM Arena with a solid win over Bolonti despite suffering a nasty third-round cut above the right eye which had initially looked potentially catastrophic to his hopes.

Tonight's scrap with Bolonti was essentially an eliminator of sorts for the WBC crown, with the body's inconsequential 'silver' belt on the line.

Evertonian Bellew, 29, had a record of 18-1 (12KO wins) heading into the bout while 33-year-old Bolonti (30-1, 19KO wins) was boxing outside Argentina for the first time.

Bellew provided the early pressure and landed a left which wobbled Bolonti mid-round.

Through the gate: Tony Bellew throws a punch

Through the gate: Tony Bellew throws a punch

A right to the top of the head then put Bolonti down, though the South American may have lost his footing.

He beat Victor Loughlin's count and survived the round as Bellew failed to capitalise, despite landing a big right.

The second round was all Bellew until a cheeky right from Bolonti gave him food for thought.

A left hook put Bolonti down in the third but again he rose quickly with a clear head.

He was certainly more wary as a result but things threatened to turn when Bellew suffered a bad cut over the right eye, thought to be from a Bolonti left hook.

Down and out: Tony Bellew knocks Roberto Bolonti down

Down and out: Tony Bellew knocks Roberto Bolonti down

The wound was far from superficial as blood flowed into the Englishman's right eye but Bellew at least had Mick Williamson, a renowned cutsman, in his corner.

A left hook to the body by Bellew punctuated a quieter fifth round with the Briton remaining patient safe in the knowledge Williamson had worked his magic on the cut.

Bellew landed a left uppercut in the ninth which was the best shot of the middle rounds while a left hook to the mid-section was correctly adjudged to have been too low.

A right uppercut seemed to hurt Bolonti and Bellew piled in, landing combinations for the first time in several rounds.

Tough test: Roberto Bolonti gets a shot in against Tony Bellew

Tough test: Roberto Bolonti gets a shot in against Tony Bellew

While the pace was slow and the action fractured, Bellew was winning the rounds with relative ease.

Another uppercut in the 10th led to another aggressive flurry but again Bolonti held it together.

At the final bell the fighters embraced, with both men claiming to have won. But the victory was clearly Bellew's, with scores of 120-106, 119-107 and 120-106.

Rio Ferdinand says Manchester United must wait until Christmas before judging chances

Rio says high-flying United must wait until Christmas before judging season's chances

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18:38 GMT, 9 November 2012

Rio Ferdinand will not make an assessment until Christmas about whether Manchester United can compete for multiple honours this season.

A Capital One Cup defeat at Chelsea apart, it has been an excellent few weeks for the Red Devils.

Four successive Premier League wins has taken Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to the top of the table, while on Wednesday they maintained a 100 per cent record in the Champions League to book their place in the last 16 as group winners despite still having two matches remaining.

Think fast: Rio Ferdinand says United must wait until Christmas to see whether this season will be their year

Think fast: Rio Ferdinand says United must wait until Christmas to see whether this season will be their year

The Red Devils could certainly be forgiven a self-congratulatory pat on the back as they head to Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

Ferdinand believes it is far too early for that.

'I wouldn’t say we are over-happy,' he said.

'We are in the position we want to be.

'We set our stall out at the beginning of the Champions League to make sure we qualify comfortably. We have done that with games to spare.

'But in the league, Christmas is when we really evaluate it.

'If we are in the same position then as we are now, we would say it is a good start to the season.

'But it is still too early to look at the league table and start singing and dancing.'

At a time when United’s defensive resources have been stretched to the limit, Ferdinand’s fitness has held up.

The 33-year-old made his 10th appearance of the season when he came on as a replacement for Jonny Evans in midweek and thankfully, it seems an answer has been found to those back problems which dogged him for so long.

'I have not been speaking about my injuries over the past few months because there haven’t been any,' said Ferdinand.

'Over the last 18 months I have managed it really well. The club have helped me. It is testament to the medical and science department that they have been able to help me along.

'It means I have been playing consistently, week in, week out.

Flying: Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent record in the Champions League by beating Braga on Wednesday

Flying: Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent record in the Champions League by beating Braga on Wednesday

Flying: Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent record in the Champions League by beating Braga on Wednesday

Flying: Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent record in the Champions League by beating Braga on Wednesday

'If the manager needs me to play in the midweek games, that is fine as well.

'I am more than capable of doing that, as I have proved over the past 18 months.'

With Nemanja Vidic sidelined for virtually 12 months following two lots of knee surgery, Ferdinand has developed a useful partnership with Jonny Evans, who is closing in on 150 United appearances.

'Jonny is really maturing,' he said.

'It is wrong to judge defenders when they are 21 or 22. You have to look beyond that. Wait until they have played 100 games, then see where they are at.

'Jonny is at that level now. He has been playing every week for the last year or so. We are reaping the benefits of that.

'He is a good reader of the game. He is good on the ball and enjoys defending, which is the most important part of it.

'He has a great Manchester United career ahead of him.'

Scoring for fun: Robin van Persie has racked up an impressive 11 goals already in a Manchester United shirt

Scoring for fun: Robin van Persie has racked up an impressive 11 goals already in a Manchester United shirt

Ivor Powell dies aged 96

Welsh legend and former Blackpool, QPR and Villa midfielder Powell dies aged 96

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18:20 GMT, 6 November 2012


Wales finest: Ivor Powell played for Blackpool, QPR and Aston Villa

Wales finest: Ivor Powell played for Blackpool, QPR and Aston Villa

Former Wales midfielder Ivor Powell, who won a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest football coach, has died aged 96.

He was one of the finest players of his generation in a career that saw him play for Wales, Blackpool, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.

Powell started his working life in the mines of South Wales before he made it as a top player.

A tough tackler, he set a record transfer fee for a half-back of 17,500 when he moved to Aston Villa in 1948.

At Blackpool he struck up his friendship with Sir Stanley Matthews, who went on to be best man at his wedding.

He was one of Bill Shankly's successors as manager at Carlisle and worked with the likes of Billy Bremner, Jackie Charlton and Norman Hunter who formed Don Revie's legendary Leeds side.

He had spells coaching at Bath City and also with PAOK in Greece, before joining the University of Bath as football coach in the early 1970s.

In 2004 he was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame and in 2006 his role as the world's oldest working football coach was recognised as a Guinness World Record.

Powell was made an MBE in the 2008 New Year's Honours List and he finally hung up his boots in May 2010, aged 93.

The university has marked the end of his long service to the game with the Ivor Powell Sports Scholarship Fund.

Speaking in 2006 about his retirement, Powell said: 'I feel so proud of what I've done.

'I've been very, very happy at the University of Bath and I mean that.'

Explaining his coaching philosophy in 2007, Powell told the Independent newspaper: 'Aggression, determination, the will to win. These have always been my watchwords, and they still are.

'That's what I try to instil into these youngsters. And they listen, they really do.'

The University of Bath said Powell died last night after a short illness.

Deputy vice chancellor Professor Kevin Edge paid tribute.

'Ivor was an outstanding individual, a real character and a tremendous inspiration to countless generations of students and to his many colleagues at the university,' he said.

'He will be sadly missed. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Ivor's family and friends.'

Jess Garland, head netball coach at the university, said: 'There are few people in life that have the ability to touch both the hearts and minds of so many but Ivor Powell had this capacity in abundance.

'People were drawn to his cheeky sense of humour, and the clear passion he had for the field of sport and coaching was infectious.

'It was 13 years ago that I first met Ivor, the morning of the passing of his dear friend Sir Stanley Matthews.

'Ivor's storytelling was second to none and he inspired so many of us to strive for the best.

'His coaching mantra of the key characteristics of sports people and teams needing passion, determination, aggression, the will to win and consistency of performance will transcend to many and will act as a legacy to such a true gentleman.

'It was a true privilege to have known and worked alongside Ivor.'

A spokesman for Queens Park Rangers said: 'The club is desperately saddened to learn of the passing of former half-back Ivor Powell.

'Powell passed away last night, aged 96. He made 159 appearances for Rangers in a 12-year spell that was interrupted by the War. He scored two goals.

'He was part of the R's team that clinched the Division Three South title in 1948 and was our first post-war player to be capped.

'Ivor was awarded an MBE for services to sport and collected his award from the Palace on June 25 2008.

'The club would like to extend its deepest condolences to Ivor's family and friends at this sad time.

'May he rest in peace.'

Andre Wisdom can be a Liverpool legend, says Jamie Carragher

Carra's words of Wisdom: Andre can be a defensive giant for Liverpool if he heeds

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One is a Liverpool legend, who has made 709 appearances and won 11 major trophies. The other has started to take his first tentative steps in the senior ranks, having graduated from the academy with honours.

Jamie Carragher and Andre Wisdom may be at different stages of their careers but they have found common ground in the Capital One Cup and this evening they are set to feature alongside each other in Liverpool’s fourth-round tie against Swansea.

Ahead of the tie, which will see Brendan Rodgers lock horns with Swansea for the first time since he left in May, Carragher and Wisdom sat down with Sportsmail to discuss how important the competition is for them and their club.

Best in class: Andre Wisdom (left) is happy to learn from Jamie Carragher

Best in class: Andre Wisdom (left) is happy to learn from Jamie Carragher

King: Jamie, you’ve lifted the League Cup three times and you made your debut in this competition in January 1997 at Middlesbrough. How much has it changed in terms of how clubs prioritise it

Carragher: A lot of players who come through tend to make their debut in this competition. Sometimes it gets a bit of criticism but as far as I am concerned it is not too far away (in terms of prestige) from the FA Cup. It is a great competition to be involved in and young players know they are going to get a chance. How many times do you get a chance to play at Wembley for your club A lot of the finals I played in were at the Millennium Stadium, which was great, but last season against Cardiff was something I will never forget.

King: For you, Andre, you will have your own special memories after making your second Liverpool start at West Bromwich Albion last month.

Wisdom: It was a great team performance. We got over the blow of conceding an early goal but we stuck to our game plan and we had a few experienced players to help us. Carra was in there, so was Stewart Downing but I think we did ourselves proud.

Baptism of fire: Wisdom fends off Magaye Gueye in his first Merseyside derby

Baptism of fire: Wisdom fends off Magaye Gueye in his first Merseyside derby

King: How has Jamie helped you settle into the team

Carragher: Remember what I told you to say!

Wisdom: It is always good to play alongside experienced players. Carra never stops talking. You need that in the game. It is different when you are playing in big games in front of big crowds. If you get 50 people for reserve games, you are lucky. It is very nerve- racking when you are playing for Liverpool.

King: How big an influence has Jamie been on you

Wisdom: I wouldn’t say I have modelled myself on him…

Carragher: You should have done!

Wisdom: . . . but he is someone I’ve looked up to ever since I was a young boy watching Match of the Day.

European experience: Wisdom vies with Anzhi Makhachkala's Russian forward Fyodor Smolov in the 1-0 Europa League win

European experience: Wisdom vies with Anzhi Makhachkala's Russian forward Fyodor Smolov in the 1-0 Europa League win

King: Is Jamie a good teacher

Carragher: Remember — I’m listening!

Wisdom: He may come across in the wrong way on the pitch when the adrenaline is flowing but he is definitely a good teacher. I haven’t had a major rollicking off him yet, anyway.

Carragher: You might after this!

King: Do you feel an extra responsibility helping the young players (Wisdom is 19) coming through, Jamie, as you are the elder statesman in Liverpool’s squad now at 34

Carragher: I’ve always tried to help whoever I’ve played alongside, no matter what their age. We’ve got a few players in the side now and it has taken me back to when I came through. You know what they are experiencing — the nerves, the feelings. When you are Andre’s age, you look after yourself. If you don’t do well when you get a chance as a young lad, you might not get another. But Andre has been excellent. He is a Liverpool player. He can pass the ball.

Vast experience: Carragher and Steven Gerrard savour Liverpool's sensational fifth European Cup victory

Vast experience: Carragher and Steven Gerrard savour Liverpool's sensational fifth European Cup victory

King: You played in Jamie’s testimonial, Andre, against Everton in September 2012 when you were still at the academy.

Wisdom: It was a big surprise when he asked me. We went for a meal with the squad before the game and I was looking around and seeing all these faces — Carra, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Luis Garcia. It made me think that I wanted to be part of this for ever.

King: You seem to take everything in your stride, Andre.

Wisdom: You have got to do that. You can’t get too ahead of yourself. You have got to have confidence but it is just important to take everything as it comes, treat each game as you did your last.

Carragher: It’s good for them to be nervous. It shows they care. If I play against Swansea, I’ll be a little bit nervous as I want to do well. You should have belief in yourself but you need that edge. It keeps you on your toes. Obviously if the nerves go too far, it shows they are not up to it. But Andre has shown that he can. All the kids who have come in during the last 18 months have been the same. Jack Robinson, Jon Flanagan, Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre — they have all done really well. I’m sure there will be others too. Conor Coady is pushing.

Bright future: Wisdom and Raheem Sterling lead an all-star cast of Liverpool's next generation

Bright future: Wisdom and Raheem Sterling lead an all-star cast of Liverpool's next generation

King: Looking at the Swansea game, it’s importance to Liverpool’s season should not be underestimated.

Carragher: I look at this and the Europa League as a chance to get games. This is something to focus on for me, as I know I’m not a Premier League regular any longer. But when I mentioned we were doing this interview to Andre, he said he didn’t want to do it as he plays in the Premier League now!

Wisdom: No, no, no!

Carragher: We are the holders and don’t want to give it away. Wembley was fantastic last season. This trophy is ours and we want to hold on to it. This is a quick-fire competition, and with the final being in February, you can achieve something very early. That’s what we want to do.

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