Sport Juan Mata (right) and David Moyes arrive at Carrington training complex on Monday

United have already made the biggest splash in the transfer market with the signing of Juan Mata for £37.1m

The 49 trophies of Sir Alex Ferguson - the most successful managerial career Britain has ever known

Sir Alex Ferguson will stand down as Manchester United boss at the end of the season having won 49 trophies in the most successful managerial career Britain has ever known.

Christian Jolley of Newport County celebrates scoring a goal during the Blue Square Bet Premier Conference Play-off Final

Blue Square Premier: Newport back after 25 years

Newport County will return to the Football League after a 25-year absence after two dramatic late goals gave them victory over Welsh rivals Wrexham at Wembley.

The UK is on alert for severe hay fever outbreaks with pollen levels rising due to a late Spring

Hay fever sufferers in pollen alert over bank holiday weekend

Hay fever sufferers are likely to struggle through this weekend's sunny weather, with high levels of pollen expected across England.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Shamed church leader Cardinal Keith O’Brien: ‘I didn’t always go on the right path’

Former leader of the Catholic church in Britain breaks silence to speak of 'difficult time' since admission of inappropriate behaviour

Deaths of three soldiers in Afghanistan is 'a hammer blow', says Royal Highland Fusiliers battalion spokesman

The deaths of three soldiers who were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan are a “hammer blow”, a spokesman for their battalion has said.

The first attempt in Britain to treat heart failure patients with gene therapy is to begin within weeks

Gene therapy to offer up to 1m heart patients new lease of life

Synthetic virus that can boost heartbeat will be injected into sufferers for breakthrough trial

Contributer, ridden by Ryan Moore (centre), on his way to victory from Cruck Realta (right) and Cap O’Rushes in the Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Conditions Stakes at Newbury yesterday

Smith and Mania out to do a Red Rum by staging a Grand Encore

Moohaajim and Maureen can stake their Classic claims in trials at Newbury

Mike Denness pictured in 1975

Former England cricket captain Mike Denness dies

Denness was the only Scotsman ever to captain England

Kimberley Hainey has conviction for murdering toddler son crushed

A woman has had her conviction for murdering her toddler son quashed by appeal judges.

Temperatures set to remain in the mid-teens this week - but take an umbrella

The coming week will be warm, but very unsettled for western parts of the country, including Northern Ireland and Scotland

Taxpayer to pick up £27,000 legal bill after tribunal hearing over Labour MP Jim McGovern's £24 rail ticket

A dispute over an MP’s £24 train ticket has left the taxpayer with a £27,000 legal bill.

Rangers chief, Charles Green, charged over 'racist' remarks

Charles Green, the Rangers chief executive, has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute by the Scottish Football Association over alleged racist remarks.

Two arrested over Glasgow bus rape

Two men have been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl on a bus.

Hospital airlift for Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania

Aintree victor suffers back and neck injuries in horror fall at Hexham

Rupert Murdoch had previously referred to Alex Salmond as ‘the most brilliant politician in the UK’

SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with Rupert Murdoch's News International

Failure to win NI backing comes as major blow to SNP leader's Scottish independence campaign

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