Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United away fans

Ryan Giggs is the role model for all the players at Manchester United, says Chris Smalling

The Welsh midfielder will turn 40 tomorrow

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 28 November 2013

United surge into knockout stages as City struggle to win

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Marko Arnautovic praises Charlie Adam impact for Stoke City

Forward Marko Arnautovic believes his Stoke team-mate Charlie Adam's recent exploits have sent a message to Potters boss Mark Hughes.

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Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones speaks to journalists after training at Arsenal's London Colney training ground

England v Chile: Phil Jones prepared to keep his body on the line for Manchester United and England - even if it means getting hurt

The Manchester United defender could be handed another chance to impress in Friday's international friendly at Wembley

Mark Hughes has admitted that his love for the Premier League never wavered during his time away from management

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits his love for the Premier League never wavered following sacking at QPR

Hughes returned to management with the Potters in the summer after Tony Pulis was sacked by owner Peter Coates

Transfer news: Robert Lewandowski rejects talk of having agreed to join Bayern Munich and admits he wants to play in England

His current club could look to sell the Polish striker in January although the current Champions League holders remain favourites to sign the 25-year-old

Roy Hodgson has received backing from Graham Taylor and Graeme Le Saux

Roy Hodgson: Intelligent, fair-minded & measured

He is uniquely ill-suited to one of Britain's most high-profile, high stress jobs - and we should wish him all the best

Adnan Januzaj celebrates scoring for Manchester United during their pre-season friendly against Kitchee FC

Exclusive: Keith Gillespie says 'Belgium is the obvious choice' for Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj

In conjunction with BT Sport's Life's A Pitch, we puts questions from reader of The Independent to the former Manchester United, Newcastle and Blackburn player

Ipswich’s Carlos Edwards is closed down by Craig Forsyth of Derby

Championship round-up: Steve McClaren sees Derby County rescue a point as Burnley hit the top

Steve McClaren was unveiled as the Derby manager and must have wondered what he had let himself in for as his new side trailed Ipswich 4-1 after just 34 minutes. However, after a second-half fightback Derby clinched a 4-4 draw in an amazing game at Pride Park.

Charlie Austin converted from the spot for QPR

Championship round-up: QPR remain three points clear of the rest thanks to win over Middlesbrough

Burnley lead the charge alongside Leicester after wins against Charlton and Barnsley respectively

Hopefully Tomlinson will do better than during his last match

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson pulls out of Doncaster Rovers debut due to injury picked up in Gabriel Agbonlahor tackle

The singer will still be on the bench for the match and has apologised to fans who were going to the reserves match against Scunthorpe tomorrow

Samir Nasri shoots for Manchester City against Stoke

Stoke 0 Manchester City 0 match report: Mark Hughes’s success more than a passing phase

City drop more points away from home as Potters continue unbeaten start to season

Championship: Wins for Blackpool, QPR and Nottingham Forest while Watford held to a draw at Charlton

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