On this day: Gazza needs '24 hour care' - Ronaldinho on nearly joining United

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On February 4 last year, what were the stories making the headlines? Including news about an England and Spurs legend, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United.

The dust has settled after the January transfer window and it’s the football fans are talking about this morning, after Chelsea completed a fantastic win away at Manchester City last night.

As Jose Mourinho goes into his office with a huge smile on his face today, we’ve taken a look back at some of the key stories that were making the headlines on this day last year.

Gazza needs constant care’

Player’s union chief Gordon Taylor revealed that Paul Gascoigne was in need of 24 hour care after falling in his battle against alcoholism.

News had broken that Gazza’s agent had revealed his client needed immediate help in his battle against drinking, which prompted responses from all over the football world.

“He sounds as if he needs almost a 24-hour watching brief at the moment. It seems as if he needs somebody with him all the time just to make sure that he's looked after and is not going to do anything silly,” Taylor told 5Live.

‘Arsenal plan double summer swoop’

Reports suggested that Arsenal were eyeing a double summer move for striker Stevan Jovetic and Alain Traore of FC Lorient.

The Metro was the culprit to break the story but Jovetic eventually moved to Manchester City while Traore is still at the French club.

‘Chelsea confident over Mourinho’

Several national newspapers ran with the idea that Chelsea were confident they would be able to talk Jose Mourinho into a Chelsea return, in place of then interim manager Rafael Benitez.

The Independent reported that Mourinho was expected to leave Real Madrid the following summer, but suggested Mourinho was the club’s second choice after they were snubbed by Pep Guardiola who went to Bayern Munich.

‘When Ronaldinho nearly joined United’

Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho spoke over when he nearly moved to Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson.

He suggested that the Old Trafford side could have picked him up in 2003 before he moved to Barcelona, stating they’d have been more successful had they done just that.

That was the only time it has been a real option (in 2003). If Manchester United had signed me they would have won more European Cups!” he told the Daily Mail.

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