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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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
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Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

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After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
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Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
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