Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling claims Manchester United will be 'really flying' in the new year

The Reds appear to have turned a corner following their sluggish start to the campaign

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich set new record of 37 games unbeaten, while Borussia Dortmund lose again

Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller were on target for the champions

Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer retires from international football: Chelsea goalkeeper makes shock announcement just months from World Cup

Schwarzer is Australia's most-capped player with 109 appearances

Ashley Young watches on as Robin van Persie hits the post from the penalty spot
James Milner congratulates Alvaro Negredo on his hat-trick

Champions League: Manuel Pellegrini pushes Manchester City to go on and beat Bayern Munich after qualifying for last-16 with win over CSKA Moscow

Alvaro Negredo hat-trick seals qualification for first time but manager now wants to top group

Marouane Fellaini is given his marching orders

Real Sociedad 0 Manchester United 0 match report: Ashley Young tumbles again but Robin van Persie penalty miss means a blank night for United

The rain-streaked night had been bad enough before Ashley Young made it worse, in a desperately familiar way. Against a team whose manager had proclaimed the opposition to be the “magnificent Manchester United” Young compounded his reputation for penalty theatrics by earning yet another dubious one.

Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates with Gareth Bale, who created his second goal in the 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday

Champions League: Can Manchester United and Manchester City qualify for the last-16 tonight?

A look at how the tournament stands as it heads into round four

Stefan Kießling

Germany coach Joachim Löw refuses to bow to pressure to pick Stefan Kießling

Kießling is the in-form striker in the Bundesliga, but despite injuries, isn't given a chance

Marouane Fellaini will be ruled out for two weeks rather than the two months first feared by Manchester United

Manchester United given boost after Marouane Fellaini injury not as bad as first feared

Midfielder is expected to miss just two weeks as opposed to the two months United feared once he has surgery on damaged wrist ligaments

Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United on course for dispute over Marouane Fellaini after Belgium reveal plans to play injured midfielder in World Cup qualifiers

Belgian coach Marc Wilmots says he expects Fellaini to be available for Friday's clash with Croatia despite requiring surgery on damaged wrist ligaments

Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for seven weeks after damaging ligaments in his wrist

Manchester United dealt injury blow after £27.5m transfer addition Marouane Fellaini ruled out for seven weeks

The midfielder damaged wrist ligaments forcing him to miss the 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the weekend

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as PSG beat Benfica
A win at Shakhtar will be a great comfort for David Moyes

Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester United: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Champions League Group A fixture at the Donbass Arena

Ramires beats the keeper to give Chelsea the lead
David Moyes manager of Manchester United (L) and Manuel Pellegrini manager of Manchester City

David Moyes still aggrieved by fixture list after suffering 4-1 defeat to Manchester City

The Manchester United manager was given a particular tough start to life at Old Trafford

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US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines