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ALBION NEWS - United we stand

Another packed programme awaits you on Sunday

FORGET the Sunday papers, there’s enough reading matter in the Manchester United edition of Albion News to keep you going through the week.
Our main interview is with Craig Dawson, fresh from a newly extended contract and all set to play his 100th game for the Albion on Sunday, a milestone, he admits, he wondered if he’d ever reach.
Speaking to Albion News exclusively, he said: "Definitely, there were times in the first couple of seasons here when I came back from the season on loan at Rochdale where I did start to wonder if it was going to work out here and it was very difficult, you can’t get away from that. 
"It was hard to adapt because at Rochdale, I’d played pretty much every game for a couple of seasons, you get used to going out there and playing every Saturday, most Tuesdays as well, and you do get into a routine. You feel a part of things. 
"But once Gaz and Jonas really started to play together, they’re such good players with so much experience that it was very hard to break through and get in the team. They never got injured either, they were so consistent, so I was just coming in for the odd game here and there and that’s hard to do."
As well as plenty more from Craig, we set Tony Brown one of the toughest tasks in all his years as a regular columnist with Albion News – pick two special Manchester United teams to play each other. 
"United have played a big part in my life. I grew up watching them back home in Manchester, then I played a lot of games against them over my career and, like everybody else, I’ve watched plenty of them in the 30 odd years since I packed up playing because they’ve been a fixture on TV since then. 
"So for this week, I’m picking two great United XIs. The first one is from the players I played against in my 20 years in the game, the other is drawn from the United sides I’ve watched, both as a kid and then since I finished playing. It was a really hard job and there are some great players I’ve had to leave out, but it’s been a bit of good fun trying to piece together two sides that will work and bring out the best in some wonderful footballers."
So who made the cut? David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand, Duncan Edwards, Edwin van der Sar, Alex Stepney? See if you can work it out, then compare your sides to Bomber’s in Sunday’s Albion News.
You know it makes sense.