Mario Balotelli of Manchester City celebrates after scoring the winner in a thrilling contest against Spurs

Manchester City will 'crumble' predicts Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling is adamant Manchester City will "crumble" if Manchester United's relentless pursuit of the Barclays Premier League leaders continues much longer.

Michael Carrick could take on the mantle of the retired Paul Scholes

Ferguson tells Carrick to be United's 'pivotal player'

Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Michael Carrick to maintain his outstanding recent form and become the leading midfielder that the Manchester United manager believes he can be.

Wayne Rooney was among the side that lost to Basel

Wayne Rooney wants Europa League title

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has set his sights on winning the Europa League.

Ferguson saw United return to winning ways against Wolves

Squad depth vital says Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows he will have to utilise the full depth of his squad as the fixture list picks up over the festive period.

Fletcher returns to national duty

The Scotland captain, Darren Fletcher, has returned to the squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

Darren Fletcher returns to Scotland squad

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher has returned to the squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

Alex Ferguson enthused by next Manchester United generation

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing watching his latest crop of young guns blaze a new trail at Old Trafford.

Neville hopes for Sneijder arrival at Manchester United

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville hopes to see Wesley Sneijder arrive at Old Trafford this summer - although he has stressed manager Sir Alex Ferguson will not pay over the odds for any player.

Fletcher handed late chance to earn Wembley start

Darren Fletcher will start a game for Manchester United for the first time since the beginning of March tomorrow with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting that the fitness of the Scotland international midfielder is his primary pre-occupation in the build-up to next weekend's Champions League final meeting with Barcelona.

Darren Fletcher could play for Manchester United against Blackburn

Darren Fletcher could play some part in Manchester United's attempts to secure a record 19th league title on Saturday after coming through a reserve team outing against Blackburn last night.

The big-game hunter: Fletcher set to provide United's missing link

Midfielder hit by debilitating virus returns tonight to give Ferguson's midfield some much-needed steel

Carrick: Rome defeat caused loss of form

Manchester United's Michael Carrick has spoken for the first time about his dip in performance after a poor 2009 Champions League final display plunged him into an 18-month search for his best form.

Alex Ferguson counting on Manchester United experience

Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Manchester United's vast experience of handling FA Cup semi-final nerves can prove crucial in tomorrow's derby clash with City at Wembley.

Ferguson risks longer ban by shunning advice

Sir Alex Ferguson's indignation about the improper conduct charge levelled at him by the Football Association has led him to reject legal advice and prepare to appeal.

Darren Fletcher signs new Manchester United deal

Darren Fletcher has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2015.

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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London