Mark Robins is aiming to take The Iron back into the second tier

Paul Scholes column: Winning the Ballon d'Or didn't bother me. I just wanted to make sure I was in the Manchester United team

EXCLUSIVE COLUMN: The former England midfielder on the Ballon d'Or, Manchester United's formation, Wilfried Bony and Ravel Morrison

Paul Scholes: Manchester United's 3-5-2 is great for possession but not so great for scoring goals

EXCLUSIVE: As part of his weekly column for The Independent, the former United midfielder looks at the formation being used by Louis van Gaal

Legal action will not be taken against Ian Goodison (far left) and DJ Campbell (centre), but Delroy Facey (right) is due to stand trial later this year

'Fake Sheikh' trial collapses but fixing war far from over

FA alive to ongoing corruption threat despite case against DJ Campbell and 12 others being dropped

Cristian Montano playing for Oxford United in 2012

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Exclusive: Winger Cristian Montano considers action for wrongful dismissal after match-fixing charges against him are dropped

Fantasy Premier League: Make Sergio Aguero your captain for the visit of Arsenal to Manchester City

Tips and advice on the official Premier League fantasy football game

Mario Balotelli laughs on the Liverpool bench

Mario Balotelli recreates Cristiano Ronaldo's weird Ballon d'Or celebration after scoring a goal on Fifa

Balotelli may not have scored for Liverpool in the Premier league, but at least he's still celebrating Fifa goals in comical fashion

Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison arrives at Manchester Crown Court where he faces charges of assault on his ex-girlfriend.

Ravel Morrison cleared: West Ham midfielder has assault charges dropped

He was due to go on trial at Manchester Crown Court later this month accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend and her mother

These cheap shots must be stopped - footballers are endangering the careers of their peers by needlessly pushing them

COMMENT: A few recent high profile incidents have highlighted an issue that must be dealt with

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo makes last night's draw in Rio

World Cup winner Ronaldo to come out of retirement to play in United States

The Brazilian wants to play for American second division club Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Torben Aakjaer has been sacked by Manchester United

Manchester United sack scout Torben Aakjaer after alleged racial slur in anti-immigration Facebook post

Aakjaer is alleged to have posted racist posts on his Facebook account and the club have terminated his contract after receiving evidence from the Guardian

A proposed rear view of the Anfield Main Stand

Liverpool stadium: Anfield club expect to match Chelsea in match-day revenue when their expanded new stand opens next year

Liverpool remain a huge distance behind Manchester United and Arsenal in terms of match-day revenues

Sunderland hope Jermain Defoe can fire them to safety after a return of six goals in their last 10 league games

Jack Pitt-Brooke: Sunderland's set-up looks ill-suited to get the necessary goals from Jermain Defoe

The chance of him doing for the Black Cats what he did for West Ham and Tottenham are remote without drastic change on Wearside

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The leaked 'new' Manchester United shirt
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TRANSFER TALK The biggest transfer rumours and updates on Saturday 31 January
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Van Gaal's United have recovered from their worst start to a season after 10 games since 1986-87
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Aaron Cresswell in action for West Ham
INTERVIEWWest Ham’s dynamic attacking full-back grew up a Liverpool fan but was released by the club as a teenager. Yet, before his first game at Anfield today, he tells Simon Hart rejection was the making of him
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Sheffield clubs United and Wednesday renew their Steel City rivalry in 2001 – 10 years after either club last won a major honour, despite the size of their joint support base
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