Sport Gus Poyet’s team was the more balanced

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

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson

FA will apply to Fifa for clearance to pick Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson for England

The Football Association will apply to FIFA for clearance to pick Carl Jenkinson in the England squad for next month's friendly with Sweden.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

CFR Cluj 'a big game for us' says Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

After their Premier League hot streak came to an abrupt end on Saturday, Manchester United aim to ensure there are no nasty surprises in Transylvania tomorrow.

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting an emotional day at Anfield

Premier League: Manchester United v Tottenham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Old Trafford

Robin van Persie with United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson expects more up front but lacks in defence

Van Persie set to start on bench for debut as Ferdinand injury leaves United thin at the back

Roy Hodgson issues orders to Andy Carroll before extra time last night

England manager Roy Hodgson takes positives from Euro 2012

Roy Hodgson is using Germany's example as proof England fans should not feel too negative about the future of the national side.

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Manchester United were poor, with the talismanic Wayne Rooney failing to rise to the big occasion, instead spending most of his time complaining to whoever would listen.

Nicky Butt defends Alex Ferguson tactics in Manchester United defeat

Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has launched a passionate defence of Sir Alex Ferguson's team selection at the Etihad Stadium last night.

Talent Scout: Jordan Rhodes, Huddersfield Town 

As the January transfer window began to reach towards its frivolous, panic-buying climax this week, the gap between the top and bottom of the league systems hit home, as fans desperately scrambled to raise £50,000, the average weekly wage of a Premier League footballer, to save 128 years of history at Conference outfit Darlington FC, who were minutes from extension.

LOSER: Rio Ferdinand
You're captain of your country and one of the most respected defenders in the Premier League. Now you're not. Injuries caught up with Rio Ferdinand this year, and his lack of games were enough for Fabio Capello to unceremoniously strip him of the three lions armband and hand it back to disgraced John Terry. The England manager failed to speak to Ferdinand before the news was leaked, making for a humiliating episode for the former Leeds defender. And on top of that, the arrival of Phil Jones at United during the summer has put Ferdinand's place as a sure starter for United in doubt. Merked.

Rio Ferdinand sparks fitness scare at Manchester United

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has sparked a fitness scare ahead of the Red Devils' Premier League encounter with Bolton on Saturday by hinting he has been struck down by a stomach virus.

Referee Chris Foy sends off Vincent Kompany (right)

United hang on to win lively Manchester derby

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Wayne Rooney cuts a disconsolate figure as the Basle players celebrate at the final whistle last night

Fergie in spat with Keane as awful United crash out

Sir Alex Ferguson's raw emotion at his club's first Champions League group-stage exit in six years led him to round on his former captain Roy Keane last night, as Manchester United's hopes of finally eclipsing Barcelona collapsed into the grim prospect of Thursday-night football in the Europa League.

Player to watch: Jack Wilshere

Ten steps to England winning their Euro group

Learning from the mistakes of the 2010 World Cup will go a long way to ensuring a fit, motivated and properly rested squad

Smalling: So exciting &ndash; and the journey's only just begun

Chris Smalling, one of the young Manchester United players who shone in Monday's 3-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, summed up the vibrant mood at Old Trafford: "There is an excitement here because of the endless potential," he said. "We have nowhere near reached it and we are just looking how far we can go."

FA to follow police advice over England game

Police to have final say on whether tomorrow night's friendly with Dutch can go ahead

Dimitar Berbatov injured on Manchester United pre-season tour

Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out of the second match of Manchester United's US Tour.

Jonny Evans relaxed about Phil Jones arrival at Manchester United

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes he would not deserve to be at the club if he was not prepared to accept fresh competition for his place in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.

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Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
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Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
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America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
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10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?