Manchester United Christmas party: Wayne Rooney sings for his team-mate at bash

Rooney should be fit to face Southampton on Monday

Paul Scholes takes on Andres Iniesta, of Barcelona, in the 2008 Champions League semi-final

Paul Scholes column: Barcelona seem bored to me, they are a ghost of their former selves

In his latest exclusive column for The Independent, Scholes says the Catalans still pass relentlessly - but that old tempo and drive are not nearly as urgent

It seems natural to me that Gerrard will stay at Liverpool for the rest of his career

Paul Scholes: It feels too late for Steven Gerrard to leave Liverpool now

For all the debate over where Steven Gerrard plays out his days at Liverpool, I do not see his role as anything other than a holding midfielder. Playing in that No 10 playmaker role can be very difficult in your thirties. There is always a danger the game can pass you by, especially if the midfield behind you are not at the very top of their game.

Gareth Ainsworth has turned Wycombe around through hard work and a willingness to take risks

Simon Hart: Gareth Ainsworth does things his way with Wycombe Wanderers

Life Beyond the Premier League: His first steps in management call to mind a certain Jose Mourinho

From left to right: Robin van Persie (wearing an afro wig), Anders Lindegard and Marouane Fellaini at the party

Robin van Persie wears Marouane Fellaini-style wig at Manchester United Christmas Party

The players were in high spirits as they celebrate four straight wins

Franco Nieto dead: Argentine footballer dies in hooligan attack after being struck on the head with a stone

According to Nieto’s cousin Pablo Nieto, the footballer was heading to his car with his wife and their one-year-old daughter when he was surrounded


Liverpool to start Anfield redevelopment in January to expand stadium to nearly 54,000 in bid to rival Manchester United and Arsenal

Reds reveal plans to expand Main Stand but Anfield Road expansion is yet to be confirmed

Mauricio Pochettino curls in his free-kick
Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini celebrates his goal against Stoke City on Tuesday night, his first in a competitive match at Old Trafford

Marouane Fellaini: Midfielder finally finding his feet at Old Trafford

'In the air he is one of the best in the league,' said team-mate Juan Mata

Thierry Henry is seen wearing a 'Spurs' hat

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says goodbye to New York Red Bulls a Spurs hat

Relax Gunners' supporters, it is not what it seems

Manchester City financial results: City close in on breaking even as TV deal offsets huge wages

City were hit with a penalty by Uefa last year after posting record losses but figures show they would have been close to breaking even had Uefa not withdrawn £16m

Albi forward Stephanie Roche

Women’s football round-up: Stephanie Roche goal nominated for Puskas Award, BBC to broadcast Women’s World Cup

A look at the action from the last week in women’s football

Ballon d'Or 2014: The Independent's readers vote Cristiano Ronaldo as the deserved winner ahead of Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer

Our readers voted more than 1,000 times with Ronaldo winning a wide margin

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli: FA contact Liverpool striker to ask for explanation after apparent anti-Semitic Instagram post

Balotelli posted a picture with an anti-Semitic message at the bottom and has until 6pm on Friday to respond to the FA

Clarke Carlisle
Former PFA chairman's wife confirms he is out of danger
Clarke Carlisle applauds the Northampton fans in his final appearance before retirement
REACTIONJoey Barton and Dean Ashton lead messages hoping for injured ex-footballer to make a full recovery
Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
League Two club deny reports after manager had hinted interest
Thierry Henry will be on Sky Sports next year
View from the Sofa: A year of highs and lows on the box
Read today's transfer gossip
Sepp Blatter will have to stand down as football’s representative on the IOC when he reaches 80 in 2016
Fifa make surprise decision to make report into 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding public
Per Mertesacker in the shower for the BT Sport advert
Plus, find out some of the Gunners' favourite Christmas songs
Greg Dyke
Chairman says Britain's largest ethnic minority is still not adequately represented
Baily Cargill appears to lose his wig
VIDEO Or did he? Bournemouth move to clear up confusion
Which Premier League player revealed this garish effort?
Andy Carroll (left) and Carl Jenkinson
West Ham striker reveals what he would get his team-mate for Christmas
Nicklas Bendtner celebrates for Wolfsburg against FC Krasnodar earlier this month
...he was busy 'picking up a cutie'
Ronald Koeman warned about a lack of strength in depth
ANALYSISA fantastic start to the season has been followed by five straight defeats. So what has gone wrong for the once unstoppable Saints?
Scunthorpe goalkeeper Sam Slocombe (left) is congratulated by winning penalty taker Miguel Llera (right)
Scunthorpe eventually prevailed against Worcester
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