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Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

Juan Mata debut: Can the £37m signing live up to the previous wearers of the Manchester United No 8 shirt?

The Spaniard makes his debut against Cardiff City

Spain midfielder Juan Mata

Poll: Will Juan Mata be the best player to wear the Manchester United No 7 shirt?

Juan Mata follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona

Book review: 'In Your Face' by Mario Testino (With an introduction by Anna Wintour)

Mario Testino’s talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Testino has a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets “in your face” he captures you at your best — and that is what makes him the best.

When I’m offered my OBE – and it’s ‘when’ not ‘if’ – I’ll grab it with both hands

Those who refuse an honour inevitably follow it up with a worthy fuss

Beckham’s dreams of becoming a ‘Sir David’ – and the resultant headlines about ‘Britain’s other royal family’ – were all but dashed when the New Year Honours List was finally revealed

Do not arise, Sir Beckham: David misses out on knighthood as Katherine Jenkins appears among the 2014 New Year Honours List surprises

The former England football captain and Olympic ambassador was nowhere to be seen, but the opera singer, DJ Pete Tong and the Queen's gynaecologist were

Game of two halves: Laurent Blanc seemed amazed a woman understood football

Comment: After PSG manager Laurent Blanc offends female reporter, it's ime to show male chauvinism the red card

Laurent Blanc's comments to a female reporter typify football's patronising view of women, says Emily Dugan

Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have admitted that the failures with England still haunts them

Class of 92: Manchester United duo Paul Scholes and Gary Neville admit England failure still haunts them beyond retirement

Scholes also gives the current national squad 'no chance' of success at Brazil 2014 despite sitting alongside the current assistant coach Neville

David took his son's Romeo (L) and Cruz (R) to the Emirates to watch Arsenal earlier this season after Romeo has been training with their academy

LeBron James reveals involvement with David Beckham over Miami MLS franchise

The former England captain is understood to be scouting possible stadiums

I'm a Celebrity 2013: Olympic gold medallist and retired swimmer Rebecca Adlington

I'm A Celebrity 2013 contestants: Rebecca Adlington

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WAYNE ROONEY: Once again provided England with breakthrough goal. Header before the break settled early nerves. 7

Wayne Rooney insists World Cup victory remains the aim for England

Few give Roy Hodgson's side a chance at next summer's tournament in Brazil

Neymar with David Beckham

Brazil star Neymar meets David Beckham at Miami Heat game

Premier League stars David Luiz and Willian were also in attendance at the basketball match

Brooklyn Beckham with his father David

Brooklyn Beckham plays for Fulham Under-15s less than a month after training with Manchester United

The 14-year-old appears to be following in the footsteps of his father David Beckham having already trained with Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers

Yes it’s me: David Beckham and family get spotted

England v Argentina: Reprieved Chris Ashton pleased to score in front of David Beckham

Chris Ashton finished a hokey-cokey week – out of the England team then back in again – with a morale-boosting Twickenham try in front of a footballing hero in the win over Argentina.

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson plays down concern at lack of English players in the Premier League

National team woes have been placed at the door of the Premier League

Roy Hodgson was rewarded with a man of the match performance after giving Andros Townsend his England debut

England v Poland: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling called up as Roy Hodgson sticks with youngsters

Sterling will provide cover to Friday night's hero Andros Townsend and Danny Welbeck on the flanks

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