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Under former manager Paolo Di Canio, Lee Cattermole was lost – a totem of the the Italian’s dislocated relationship with his players

Adnan Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj among 'the best I have seen', says Manchester United team-mate Darren Fletcher

The youngster was influential in the 2-0 victory over Swansea

Chris Smalling has been pictured dressed up as a suicide bomber at a fancy dress party

Chris Smalling: Manchester United defender issues apology after an 'ill-thought out and insensitive decision' in dressing up as a suicide bomber

England international was pictured at a fancy dress party he and his girlfriend were hosting

Wayne Rooney scores his 150th Premier League goal for Manchester United with brilliant volley at Hull.

Hull City 2 Manchester United 3: Wayne Rooney nets 'one of my best' with goal number 150 for United in comeback win over Tigers

The striker becomes only the second player to reach landmark with single club

David Moyes looks on during his Manchester United side's victory over Hull City

Hull City 2 Manchester United 3: David Moyes blames slow start on travel issues after lucky escape against Tigers

United were two goals down within 12 minutes but managed to claw their way back to victory

Rio Ferdinand could retire at the end of the season when his Manchester united contract expires to move into TV punditry

Rio Ferdinand believed to be considering retirement when his Manchester United contract expires at end of the season

Ferdinand has already begun the move into TV punditry and he is said to be considering the role of BT Sport's main football analyst

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United is helped off the pitch

Nemanja Vidic warned he cannot expect to walk back into Manchester United side

David Moyes says his captain is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI

Marouane Fellaini missed training today

Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk: David Moyes faces personnel problem in search of top spot in Champions League group

United need a point at Old Trafford to win the group, but may have to do so without some senior players

Ryan Giggs did not develop into the towering world figure his talent suggested he might become

Kevin Garside: As good a player as he still is, Ryan Giggs could have been so much more

Ryan Giggs as national treasure is a hard bubble to prick. The eulogies rained down on Friday on the occasion of his 40th birthday. The celebration of such a landmark, uncommon for an active footballer, is no place for the dissenting voice. But what about the day after? Is this the time to reflect more critically on the career of a Manchester United great?

Ryan Giggs is still with United at the age of 40. George Best left when he was 27

Ryan Giggs at 40: 'I'll stay in bed' – birthday boy plans to avoid Manchester United pranks

Player says he'll be glad when the big day is over

Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney pictured during the 5-0 victory over Bayern Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs is 'getting better' with age, suggests Manchester United manager David Moyes

The Welshman, who turns 40 tomorrow, was superb in Manchester United's Champions League win against Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United gained momentum in the league with victory over Arsenal

Hatred for Manchester United has driven team on after difficult start to the season, reveals Phil Jones

People want us to lose because we have won the league so much

Manchester United manager David Moyes celebrates victory over Arsenal

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 0: David Moyes 'thrilled' with performance at Old Trafford after landing first significant victory

A Robin van Persie header was enough to give United victory against the Premier League leaders

Michael Carrick looks set to start in place of Frank Lampard when England face Poland

England v Poland: Michael Carrick expected to start in place of Frank Lampard while Chris Smalling also gets the nod - reports

Manchester United midfielder is reportedly set to be handed a recall after training alongside captain Steven Gerrard

Hodgson has nine men unavailable from what is his likely first-choice squad

England expected to attack from the start against Poland

Manager, Roy Hodgson, wants positive start to calm nerves of players and spectators

Raheem Sterling has been called up to the England squad for their final World Cup qualifier against Poland

England v Poland: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling called up by Roy Hodgson after Tom Cleverley injury and Kyle Walker suspension

Either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling is likely to deputise for Walker, while Sterling has not featured for England since his debut last Novemenber

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A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
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What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk