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Articles from May 9, 2017

Axel Passes Acid Test with Assured Start
A WEEK after Matteo Darmian got the call ahead of him against Swansea, there was Axel Tuanzebe, out of position at right-back in the north London sunshine, eyeing a world-class talent in Alexis Sanchez - and dominating him.Gary Neville was eagerly asking...
Axel's Rise Marks a Changing of the Guard at United
DAYS after Marcus Rashford again proved himself a match-winner in Europe, Axel Tuanzebe came of age on the big stage against Arsenal.The youngster would probably have played more minutes if Louis van Gaal was still in charge, but this could yet prove...
Barcelona Is the Goal for United Fan Zach
A TERMINALLY-ill United fan is determined to make his own venture into Europe a success.While Jose Mourinho's team are one step away from the Europa League final in Sweden, footballobsessed Zach Simpson, aged 12, has his sights set on the Nou Camp, home...
Boss Drops Hint over Starting XI in Crucial Euro Clash
JOSE Mourinho has hinted he will start the same United side which beat Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final second leg on Thursday.Matteo Darmian, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were the only players Mourinho left in the side from the first...
Bring the Hammer Down on a New Home
If you're careful and do your research, you can pick up some fantastic homes through a property auction - and save yourself money 1 The first step is to find auction houses that sell properties in the area you're looking. London auctions have properties...
Burka Robbery Gang Locked Up
ROBBERS who dressed in burkas to disguise themselves as Asian women while carrying out terrifying raids have been jailed.They used the ruse to get into a jewellers in Manchester and steal more than Pounds 100,000 worth of gems. The same method was used...
City Loanee Wanted North of the Border by Rodgers
CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers admits he would love to sign Patrick Roberts on a permanent basis - if City were willing to let him go.The 20-year-old has enjoyed an impressive 18 months on loan at the Glasgow giants and has won back-to-back titles in his...
Comic Iain Has Last Laugh
COMEDIAN Iain Lee has praised a dog walker who found a stolen digital recorder after his car was broken into.The stand-up and talkRADIO presenter had been with producer Katherine Boyle recording a show at the Three Minute Theatre venue in Afflecks Place...
Danczuk Quits Party and Takes a Swipe at Labour
MP SIMON Danczuk has torn up his party card as the Labour Party confirmed Tony Lloyd as its candidate for Rochdale in next month's General Election.Mr Danczuk released a copy of his resignation letter just hours before Labour veteran Mr Lloyd was announced.A...
De Bruyne the Great Provider Is the Equal of Chelsea Ace
EDEN Hazard has finished as runner-up in both of the Player of the Year awards after a fabulous season for championselect Chelsea.But is he really any better than City ace and Belgium teammate Kevin de Bruyne, who reminded everyone of his ability on...
Don't Let Hidden Costs of Owning a Home Sink Your Dream
Buying your own home is the ambition of millions. But while saving for the deposit, getting a mortgage and paying the monthly instalments are all tough, you could underestimate other costs in getting on the housing ladder.Many could hit you just as you...
Drivers Facing 'Clean Air' Bill
DRIVERS of high-polluting cars could be charged Pounds 7.50 A DAY to enter the city centre under a Pounds 20m scheme to meet new clean-air targets.A document obtained by the M.E.N. reveals transport bosses are considering plans to introduce 'Clean Air...
Dutch Courage
Both pictures by Vicki Grimshaw This week I went to visit a world-famous flower show. While London hosts the most famous of all flower shows in a fortnight's time, Holland hosts an annual extravaganza which starts every year in March and finishes the...
Gareth and Kelis Pitch Up for New Singing Contest
SOME of the biggest names in music will arrive in Salford this week to start filming new BBC music talent show Pitch Battle.It will see R 'n' B star Kelis and choirmaster Gareth Malone joined by a host of stars including charttopping icon Seal and American...
Gran Left Waiting for Hours after Taxi Firm Blunder 5
A 92-year-old great-grandmother had to be pushed home in her wheelchair for over a mile in the dark after waiting FIVE hours for a taxi which failed to turn up.Frail Marjorie Bond was left cold, exhausted and traumatised by the blunder, which turned...
Guardiola's Keeping Close Eye on Bayern Star Kingsley
KINGSLEY Coman considered a move to City before receiving assurances about his status at Bayern Munich.But the young France winger has not ruled out leaving the German giants if he is pushed to the fringes by a big-name signing - with reports claiming...
Homecoming Gig for Hacienda Classical
HAVING just announced that it will open this year's Glastonbury Festival main stage, Hacienda Classical will be back in Manchester at the end of November for its homecoming end-ofyear concert at the city's O2 Apollo.With sold-out shows to the Royal Albert...
Homeless Crisis: Can Burnham Make a Difference?
JUST over a year ago, Manchester council's homelessness team took me on a tour.On a bitterly cold morning in April 2016, we did their regular circuit from Piccadilly, down Portland Street, along Deansgate and back to Albert Square as they tried to speak...
I Am Innocent, Says Man Accused of Killing Teenager
A MAN accused of beating a teenager to death 12 years ago has protested his innocence.James Wilde, a 29-year-old flooring fitter of Rake Lane, Clifton, Salford, is accused of murdering dad-to-be Paul Croft.Paul, 19, was the expectant father of twins...
Is YOUR School Top of the Class?
ENTRIES for the Greater Manchester Schools Awards 2017 are now open and this week we're on the hunt for the best primary and secondary schools in the region.And with the deadline for nominations fast approaching, we are urging schools, teachers, parents...
It's a Snip to Keep Topiary Looking Tidy
Finish offplanting up summer containers, but if you include tender plants, make sure you shelter them or cover them with horticultural fleece overnight if frost is forecast.Shade greenhouses with shade netting to stop them becoming overheated and keep...
Launch Success for Carpino Place
LUXURY townhouse development Carpino Place has seen a flurry of interest since its early April launch, with the developers of the Salford scheme, English Cities Fund (ECf ) now celebrating Pounds 1.5m worth of sales.Prospective homeowners flocked to...
Lukaku Blast: 'Just Stay out of My Private Life'
ROMELU Lukaku has asked the media to 'stay out of my business' after he was linked with a summer transfer to United.Lukaku has been heavily tipped to return to Chelsea in the summer but recent stories have claimed the Premier League's top scorer could...
Midfielder Left Surprised and Flattered at Captain Call
ANDER Herrera has played down his chances of being appointed United captain next season.The midfielder has excelled under Jose Mourinho this season and his man-of-the-match performances against Liverpool at Anfield and in the win over Chelsea have intensified...
Missing Student Is Found Dead at Former BBC Site
THE brother of University of Manchester student Charlie Bartlett has paid tribute to him after a body found on a city centre building site was confirmed as that of the missing teenager.Heartfelt messages of condolence have also flooded in for Charlie,...
My Shock at State of Once-Great City Centre
I WRITE this note with a somewhat heavy heart, but feel compelled to pass comment upon the state of Manchester city centre and the Piccadilly Gardens area in particular.As someone who now lives in Europe but who grew up in Collyhurst in the fifties and...
News Grid
iron sparks kitchen blaze AN IRON left on an electric hot plate sparked a fire in Gorton. Firefighters were called to a house on Hyde Road. The fire was caused by an iron which was left on an cooker's hob, said fire bosses. Firefighters from Gorton and...
Parents' Anger over Parking Fees at Park
PAY and display car park charges are to be introduced at Heaton Park - leaving some users and nearby residents unhappy.Currently, visitors pay Pounds 1.50 at weekends, on Bank Holidays and during school holidays.But it will cost Pounds 1 for an hour,...
Salford Tops Ranking for UK Startup Growth
SALFORD has outranked both London and Manchester to become the UK's top city for startup growth.Between January and March this year, 1,393 new companies launched in the city - that's up an impressive 85 per cent compared to the same period last year.According...
Talking BETTING FRED DONE
SERGIO Aguero switching from the Blues to the mighty Reds? Seems far fetched, but I'm certainly not dismissing out of hand the prospect of this bombshell Pounds 60m summer transfer actually happening.Let's look at the facts: City's talisman, strange...
The Devil's in the Detail
Author Fay Weldon upset some of her loyal readers by claiming that the feminist revolution had halved men's wages and by attacking the 'bad' women who've accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment. She also stirred up some ill feeling by declaring that...
The Real Housewives of Cheshire [...]
THE Real Housewives of Cheshire stars Leanne Brown and Tanya Bardsley have both revealed they have quit drinking.Their ITVBe reality show, which follows the lives of a group of glam Cheshire WAGs and entrepreneurs, is known for its champagne-fuelled...
The Stories That Will Leave You Lost for Words
JUST the opening montage of some of this show's many reunions is enough to send us sobbing into our hankies.One by one, siblings, parents, sons, daughters, running into each other's arms for the first time in decades. It's an onslaught of gut wrenching...
The Xtiles
For too long bathrooms, kitchens and utility rooms have had the exclusive interior design rights to tiles. That rule gets erased today - you can forget practicality, tiles are a smoking hot trend for the modern home with their own unique design direction.But...
Tributes as 'Gentleman Giant' Biker Dies in Crash
TRIBUTES have been paid to a motorcyclist who died following a collision with a car.The victim, who has been named locally as Rick Lock, was thrown from his bike following the collision at around 5.25pm on Saturday.Police were called to Commercial Road,...
Willy Wants to Save His Place at Pep's City
WILLY Caballero has told City he wants to stay next season.And the Blues goalkeeper has indicated he would be happy to continue as the number two, with Pep Guardiola's plans for the position still unclear.City are expected to move for a new first-choice...
Your Chance to Win Lucky Dip at Baths
IT is one of the oldest swimming pools in the country... but no member of the public has had a dip in it for 25 years.Now, two lucky swimmers will get the chance to become the first people to take the plunge into Manchester's Victoria Baths. The centuryold...
Your 'Clean Air' Questions Answered
WHAT IS A CLEAN AIR ZONE? THE Defra plan states authorities must develop 'innovative proposals' to bring pollution levels within the legal limits in the shortest time possible.There are two types of Clean Air Zones - charging and non-charging.Charging...
You Simply Can't Catch Silva - KDB Praise for City Star
KEVIN de Bruyne has pinpointed exactly what sets David Silva apart from the crowd and makes him one of the world's best footballers.The Belgium midfielder helped to mastermind City's 5-0 win over Crystal Palace - but it was David Silva who created and...
Zlatan's a Medical Miracle as Docs Want to Study Him
ZLATAN Ibrahimovic's doctors were so amazed by the strength of the United striker's knee they have requested to do research on it when he retires.The Reds ace underwent surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament last month after suffering 'significant'...
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