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Ander Herrera reveals daily reminder at Manchester United about importance of FA Cup

The Spaniard is excited about making his debut in the competition

A view of the Capital One Cup trophy

Capital One Cup draw: When is it? When will the semi-finals be played?

Full details for the upcoming semi-final draw

Manchester United will spend nearly £400m on just three players, reveals study

Deals for Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw are amongst the most expensive in the world when the full potential cost is calculated

Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry vows not to rush into becoming Arsenal manager

Former striker admits it would be 'a dream' to take charge at the Emirates in the future

Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie during the awards

Manchester United duo Louis van Gaal and Robin van Persie win awards

Pair recognised during ceremony in Amsterdam

11 best cycling gloves

Don’t let the frost bite on the bike. We find practical kit to keep hands warm and protected this winter

Manchester United 'relaxed' over David De Gea contract, despite Real Madrid transfer speculation

The Spaniard has been in brilliant form this season

Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata celebrate during Manchester United's victory over Liverpool

Are Manchester United serious Premier League title contenders?

Wayne Rooney and Phil Neville have said the summit of the table is not out of reach

Ireland's players appeal in vain to the referee after Thierry Henry's infamous handball in 2009

Thierry Henry: Why the actions of the former Arsenal striker led to the Irish boycotting Henry hoovers

The nation will probably never forgive the former striker

Steven Gerrard pictured during Liverpool's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford

Manchester United fans forced to take down Steven Gerrard banner mocking the Liverpool captain

The banner contravened Old Trafford health and safety regulations

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there