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

Spain midfielder Juan Mata
Joey Barton has started a philosophy degree

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QPR manager pleased midfielder is keeping his head down

Wayne Rooney could be a Manchester United god according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

The Sky pundit claims Rooney needs to sign a new contract and ensure his name is mentioned in the same breath as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona

Darren Fletcher has been limited to seven starts in nearly two years

Manchester United manager David Moyes lifted by Darren Fletcher return after recovery

Scottish midfielder back in training following lengthy illness while Rooney may play on Saturday

There are concerns that Everton's away kit is too similar to their home one. It could prove particularly problematic when they travel to Chelsea

Everton unveil new yellow and blue away strip: The best and worst Premier League kits for the 2013/14 season

The new strips of Liverpool, Manchester United and Cardiff have all caused debate among fans

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has likened Zlatan Ibrahimovic to United legend Eric Cantona

Peter Schmeichel: Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born to be a Manchester United player - just like Eric Cantona

Former goalkeeper has likened the PSG striker to the United legend and claimed that he would like to see the Swede playing for the club in the future

Manchester City have launched their new all-black away kit, but will they become the dominating All Blacks of the football world?

In pictures: Manchester City unveil their new 'half-and-half' away kit in tribute to Ardwick AFC and Gorton AFC

Black and dark charcoal halves represent former incarnations Ardwick who wore a similar kit in 1890/1 and Gorton who played in first ever recorded City kit in1884

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It’s a game of two halves: with one being rugby

Let’s give a very hearty thank-you to the professional sportsmen of the south of France for answering a question that precisely nobody was asking: what would it be like if a rugby  and a football team played against each other?

David Beckham celebrates his goal from behind the half-way line against Wimbledon in 1996

David Beckham retires: We said goodbye to the footballer a long time ago

It is the Beckham construction to which we are bidding farewell

Sir Alex Ferguson has conquered football. Next, the world of finance?

To have had such longevity and success requires a remarkable range of skills

Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Schmeichel lift the European Cup in 1999

Glenn Moore: Sir Alex Ferguson longevity is due to Manchester United's power to adapt – often within a single game

United deployed a different starting formation in each of the three Champions League finals they played in the last six seasons

Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrates winning the world title at the Crucible

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Luis Suarez will not play for Liverpool again until October

Luis Suarez bite: Attitude blamed for his 10-match ban

FA reveals Liverpool striker’s opposition to charge led to imposition of tougher punishment

Manchester United celebrate after winning the Premier League

Manchester United's 20th Premier League title triumph gives Sir Alex Ferguson fresh impetus to carry on

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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

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Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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