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Sir Alex Ferguson meets Coronation Street stars

Not more noisy neighbours! United boss Fergie enjoys night out with Corrie stars

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UPDATED:

08:20 GMT, 4 October 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson met a whole new bunch of noisy neighbours in Manchester on Wednesday night.

The Manchester United boss posed for pictures with stars from Coronation Street at the launch of 47 King St West restaurant.

Actors Sam Aston, Michael Le Vell and Andy Whyment – better known as Chesney, Kevin and Kirk – looked pleased to see the Scot.

Night out: Sir Alex (centre) with Sam Aston (2nd left), Michael Le Vell (2nd right) and Andy Whyment (right)

Night out: Sir Alex (centre) with Sam Aston (2nd left), Michael Le Vell (2nd right) and Andy Whyment (right)

Fergie also watched Manchester City draw their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium where United striker Wayne Rooney described goalkeeper Joe Hart as the 'best in the world'.

England stopper Hart kept his side in the Champions League Group D match with a string of superb saves before Mario Balotelli rescued a point for the hosts with a last-gasp penalty.

Ferguson, who saw his own side win at Cluj on Tuesday, will now turn his attention to Sunday's crucial Premier League clash against Newcastle.

All smiles: Sir Alex Ferguson, Micheal Le Vell and Andy Whyment

All smiles: Sir Alex Ferguson, Micheal Le Vell and Andy Whyment

What's on the menu Ferguson with the co owners of the restaurant

What's on the menu Ferguson with the co owners of the restaurant

The Red Devils lost 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last season and Ferguson ripped into his side after the match. Full back Patrice Evra is determined to avoid a repeat.

'We had a meeting after that game at Newcastle last season,' he said. 'We had to talk with each other because it was not the way we respect the shirt of Manchester United. We don't want another wake-up call.

'We know what happened last year. We know the experience up there and we have to be ready from the first minute of the game.'

Cautious: Patrice Evra does not want a repeat of last season's performance at Newcastle

Cautious: Patrice Evra does not want a repeat of last season's performance at Newcastle

Wayne Rooney: Manchester City overhead kick was mad rush of power

Rooney: THAT overhead kick against City put our noisy neighbours in their place!

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UPDATED:

07:25 GMT, 6 September 2012

Wayne Rooney has revealed that scoring the famous overhead kick that settled the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last February gave him a 'mad rush of power'.

The Manchester United and England striker hit one of his most brilliant goals in the 77th minute of a pulsating derby that put 'our noisy neighbours – the other lot – in their place', according to Rooney.

The goal had extra spice due to the fact that Rooney had only months earlier threatened to quit United, whose ambition he had questioned, and looked set to join City, suddenly flush with Sheik Mansour's billions.

Rooney then performed a dramatic U-turn, snubbing City and choosing to sign a new deal at United in November. Then came that match – and that goal.

Wonder goal: Wayne Rooney scores his winner against Manchester City

Wonder goal: Wayne Rooney scores his winner against Manchester City

In an extract of his new book 'Wayne
Rooney: My decade in the Premier League', which is being serialised by
The Mirror, the 26-year-old forward explains what it feels like to score
such an important goal.

He says: 'Bang! Everything goes dead mad, dead quick.

'Then that feeling kicks in – an unbelievable feeling of satisfaction I get from scoring a goal in the Premier League. Like the sensation I get when I’ve smashed a golf ball flush off the face of the club and watched it trickle on to the green.

'It’s a high, a mad rush of power. It’s a wave of emotion – but it takes me over like nothing else.

'This feeling of putting one away for Manchester United is huge. If I could bottle the buzz, I’d make the best energy drink ever.

'A heartbeat later and I’m at normal speed again, I’m coming round. Everything’s in focus: the sound, a roar loud enough to hurt my ears, the aching in my legs, the sweat running down my neck, the mud on my kit.

'More and more noise; it’s so big, it’s right on top of me. Someone’s grabbing at my shirt, my heart’s banging out of my chest.

'The crowd are singing my name: ‘Rooney, Rooney, Rooooo-neeee! And there’s no better feeling in the world. Then I look up and see the scoreboard:

FEBRUARY 12, 2011: United 2 City 1

GOAL! Rooney, 77 minutes

'Who I am and what I’ve done comes back to me in a rush, a hit, like a boxer coming round after a sniff of smelling salts.

Taking it all in: Rooney celebrates his brilliant goal at Old Trafford last February

Taking it all in: Rooney celebrates his brilliant goal at Old Trafford last February

'I’m Wayne Rooney. I’ve played Premier League football since 2002 and I’ve just scored the winning goal in a Manchester derby – probably the most important game of the season to fans from the red half of town.

'A goal that puts our noisy neighbours – the other lot – in their place. A goal that reminds them United have more history and more success than they do right now. A goal that warns the rest of the country we’re on our way to winning another Premier League title.

'As I stand with my arms spread wide, head back, I can feel the hate coming from the City fans behind me, it’s like static electricity. The abuse, the screaming and swearing, is bouncing off me. I don’t give a toss.

'I know how much they hate me; I can understand where they are coming from though, because I go through the same emotions whenever I lose at anything.

VIDEO: Click here to watch Rooney's brilliant strike against City

'This time, they’re wound up and I’m not. I know it doesn’t get any better than this.

'As I jog back to the centre circle, still tingling, I go into rewind. It’s ridiculous, I know, but I’m worried I might never feel this way again. I want to remember what’s just happened, to relive the moment over and over because it feels so good.

'We close out the game 2–1. Everyone gathers round me in the dressing room afterwards, they want to talk about the goal. But I’m done in, I’ve nothing left; it’s all out there on the pitch, along with that overhead kick.

'The room is buzzing; Rio Ferdinand is buzzing. ‘Wow,’ he says.

Sir Alex Ferguson find out about Manchester City slip-up

Is this the moment news of City's slip up reached Sir Alex

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UPDATED:

23:06 GMT, 31 March 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson and his Manchester United players were in fits of laughter at training on the day Manchester City may have gifted them the Premier League title.

United have the chance to go five points clear of their ‘noisy neighbours’ with a victory against Blackburn at Ewood Park on Monday after City only scraped a 3-3 draw at home to Sunderland.

What's so funny: Sir Alex Ferguson is finding something rather amusing...

What's so funny: Sir Alex Ferguson is finding something rather amusing…

Falling to bits: Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are in fits of laughter

Falling to bits: Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are in fits of laughter

They prepared for the game with a trip to Scotland, wandering around the St Andrews golf course after a light-hearted workout.

Manchester United"s spirit helps them beat Arsenal

United spirit keeps the old fires burning as Arsenal are put to the sword

Gary Neville picked his Team of the Season (thus far) ahead of Sunday’s fixtures and did not include a single Manchester United player.

He did, however, find a way to keep on speaking terms with his former Old Trafford team-mates by listing an additional team, those he would want alongside him as Squeaky Bum Time neared.

This was a team packed with seven United names like Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Antonio Valencia, who did enough to prove Neville’s point at the Emirates.

Together: Manchester United celebrate opening the scoring at Arsenal

Together: Manchester United celebrate opening the scoring at Arsenal

New heroes are emerging too. Danny Welbeck made a case for inclusion, as did Chris Smalling. The champions are not conceding their crown without a fight.

If last season’s triumph was sweeter for Sir Alex Ferguson because it knocked Liverpool from their perch, finishing this campaign in first will offer the United manager equal satisfaction by silencing the noisy neighbours for another 12 months.

As the players lined up and shuffled their studs in the tunnel, Neville and Graeme Souness were on Sky Sports discussing the impact Mario Balotelli’s late penalty might have on the title race.

‘Big moment’, they agreed after Balotelli eased Manchester City six points clear.

United responded, averting any attempt from Arsenal to avenge August’s 8-2 defeat.

On a day when substitutions were the talk of the Emirates, Ferguson got his right, refusing to fret about damage to Rafael’s ego when he hooked him an hour after sending him on to replace the injured Phil Jones.

Next generation: Danny Welbeck (centre) has come through the ranks

Next generation: Danny Welbeck (centre) has come through the ranks

Rafael stormed towards the tunnel before something changed his mind, and he veered left to take a seat on the United bench.

It seemed to contrast with the mood simmering in the home team, with Robin van Persie shaking his head as Arsene Wenger sent on Andrey Arshavin for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

Valencia switched to right back, and, from there, created the winner, over- lapping and tormenting Arshavin, trading passes with Park Ji-sung and setting up Welbeck’s goal.

What a contrast to Arsenal’s emergency right back Johan Djourou, who was removed at half-time, presumably to spare him further humiliation at the hands of Nani.

It was clearly a tactic to target Djourou and Thomas Vermaelen, both playing out of position at full back. The tactic worked, although no-one expected Valencia to open the scoring by towering above Vermaelen to head home.

Struggling: Arsene Wenger

Struggling: Arsene Wenger

‘Winning after City had won, that was the important thing,’ said Ferguson. 'We said that before the game. But we did it in the right way. We played football, were adventurous.

‘We had belief in ourselves. I’m delighted with that at this time of the season.

‘It’s always difficult coming to the Emirates. Arsenal are a top side. We had to play well for most of the game and we did. The first half in particular was a golden period for us.

‘We should have rammed home the advantage.’

The glory was Welbeck’s but Smalling grows in stature. It is telling that he was preferred to Jones in a central defence charged with keeping Robin van Persie out.

Van Persie did score his 23rd of the season, from a chance many times harder than the one he somehow missed, early in the second half.

But, despite almost costing his side a goal with a near- suicidal attempted ‘Cruyff turn’ in the second half, Smalling, earned praise from his manager for handling big Per Mertesacker when he was sent up front in a desperate bid to salvage a point.

It may not be a vintage United team but the new breed have certainly acquired the old spirit.

Nemanja Vidic: Manchester United skipper warns City "We"ll be winning trophies"

United skipper Vidic warns City: We'll be the ones winning trophies in Manchester!

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has told rivals Manchester City that the current champions do not fear the league leaders.

Vidic, who is out for the season with a knee injury, insists that Sir Alex Fergsuon's side are still the team to beat despite United trailing City by three points at the top of the Premier League.

The Serbian, 30, cited United's experience and the return from injury of a number of players as reasons for his belief that his side will be top of the pile come the end of May.

Team to beat: United knocked City out of the FA Cup earlier this month

Team to beat: United knocked City out of the FA Cup earlier this month

'If you look at our history and commitment, you know we like to win all trophies and I believe we are the team in Manchester who will keep doing that every year,' Vidic told Manchester Evening News.

'Of course we are confident. We are challenging for the title and we are only three points behind City.'

Leading the way: City are three points clear at the top of the Premier League

Leading the way: City are three points clear at the top of the Premier League

'We have had problems with injuries but I think against Arsenal this weekend we have a good chance. We have a few players back which will help the manager. We have a good squad – a good balance between experience and youth.'

Despite laying down the gauntlet to
their noisy neighbours, Vidic said that it is 'healthy' to have two
strong teams in Manchester.

Skipper: Vidic represented United at the Ballon D'Or gala on January 9

Skipper: Vidic represented United at the Ballon D'Or gala on January 9

'It’s good for the city to have two football teams doing well – there’s a lot of talk and banter. It’s always healthy to have competition and we don’t mind it. It helps to improve ourselves.'

Vidic's knee, injured against Basel in December, is recovering well after surgery and the United skipper hopes to be fit for the start of next season.

Crocked: The Serb injured his knee against Basel in December

Crocked: The Serb injured his knee against Basel in December

It was orginally feared Vidic could be out for a year and that his career was in danger, but he said: 'Everything is going well. I had my operation three weeks ago, it’s progressing in the right way.

'I still have a long way to go but I will be patient. I have motivation to work hard and I want to be back as soon as possible.

'I want to be fit and at the same level I was at before the injury. That will push me to work hard. There is no timescale for my return. It’s not about targeting a date but I hope I will be right for the start of the season.'