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

Rob Marchant: Revamping Labour's union ties could help Ed Miliband

Some activists see Blairite diehards trying to ‘break the link’ – but this is at best paranoid

The Labour leader is preparing to defy calls for him to deliver a personal apology to Unite and two of its officials at the TUC conference this Tuesday

Special report: Ed Miliband's union attack ill-informed – but he's not sorry

Pressure grows on Labour leader to express regret to Unite, as it emerges just two complaints sparked Falkirk row

Gordon Strachan wants to build on Scotland's victory against Croatia

Gordon Strachan urges Scotland to light up Burns' night

Gordon Strachan, the Scotland manager, has told his players to set up a successful weekend for Scottish sport by delivering a knockout blow to Belgium.

Scottish independence: George Osborne warns on oil fund

Scotland would have to make large cuts to public services if it wanted to create an oil fund after independence, according to Chancellor George Osborne.

Ikechi Anya is determined to impress if selected for Scotland against Belgium

Ikechi Anya hopes first Scotland cap will wipe out painful memories of Glasgow

Ikechi Anya is determined to impress if selected for Scotland against Belgium on Friday after admitting his previous memory of playing football there was not a positive one.

Andy Murray on his way to victory and a place in the third round of the US Open

US Open: Impressive Andy Murray too good for Leonardo Mayer

Having disposed of one Mayer, the World No 3 will now play another - the German Florian Mayer - in the third round

Pro-independence group paid academic to write opinion article for newspaper

Yes Scotland has admitted it paid constitutional academic Elliot Bulmer for a piece published in The Herald

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is campaigning for Scotland to leave the UK in a referendum to be held in 2014

Police investigate email hacking complaint from Yes Scotland campaigners

Campaigners say that emails were accessed from an outside computer

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A thistle man named Clyde has been unveiled as the mascot which will celebrate with Sir Chris Hoy on his last hurrah at the Commonwealth Games before calling it a day. Clyde was designed by a 12-year-old, and it shows. The creator, Beth Gilmour, said:

Commonwealth Games ticket rush hits website

Massive demand for next summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has led to delays on the official website as a million tickets were launched. Initial demand on the ticketing section of the site was said to be “very high”.

An artist's impression of Hampden Park, Glasgow 2014

Get set, Glasgow: A million tickets for Commonwealth Games on sale

Up to a million tickets will go on sale this morning for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with officials hoping to build on the popularity of the British athletes who starred at the Olympics.

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Roy Hodgson talks to the Under 21s

England Under-21 players will soon be in contention for senior side, says Roy Hodgson following 6-0 win over Scotland

The England manager took charge of the age-restricted side

Rooney is expected to start against Scotland

England v Scotland: Wembley showdown will provide 'release' for Wayne Rooney amid Manchester United transfer saga

England captain Steven Gerrard reckons unsettled Chelsea target can forget woes in Scotland friendly

Former Scotland boss Craig Brown puts Scotland's return to a major tournament over victory against England

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown wants return to major tournaments more than victory over 'Auld Rivals' England

Brown was in charge for the 1998 World Cup when the Scots last qualified for a major tournament

Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic

Transfer news: Nemanja Vidic questions why Wayne Rooney would want to leave Manchester United

United captain has backed up his manager David Moyes after he reiterated the England striker would not be sold

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