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Juan Mata walks past Jose Mourinho after being substituted

Is Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata right for Manchester United? The case for and against a £40m move

Former Manchester United player Gary Neville has said Mata does not fit into United's 'philosophy', however The Independent's Kevin Garside says the Spaniard is a good fit for David Moyes' side

Tom Cleverley

Manchester United heads will not drop, insists Tom Cleverley

United were easily beaten by Chelsea on Sunday to lose further ground in the Premier League

Phil Jones is enjoying his current role under David Moyes at Manchester United

Phil Jones: There is now an understanding between David Moyes and the Manchester United team

Defender claims the side are now gelling under the new manager

Rio Ferdinand could retire at the end of the season when his Manchester united contract expires to move into TV punditry

Rio Ferdinand believed to be considering retirement when his Manchester United contract expires at end of the season

Ferdinand has already begun the move into TV punditry and he is said to be considering the role of BT Sport's main football analyst

World Cup 2014: Why Germany's beachside resort may signal a happy holiday to come

German football reflects German business. Both value stability, demonstrable competency and obedience to a set of tried and tested rules

According to home goalkeeper Brad Guzan, this is an opportunity for Paul Lambert’s men to go and get three points

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Villa sense a glimmer of hope as they look to end hoodoo

After 18 years, Guzan and Co seek elusive home win

Peter Schmeichel

Roy Keane omits Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs from 'greatest' Manchester United team

The former captain picks the best players he played alongside

Lord Hall praised the punditry skills of Sky Sports' Gary Neville

Lord Hall paves way for shake-up of Match of the Day after praising Gary Neville's impact since joining Sky

Former Manchester United player has been credited for bringing fresh insight into expert football analysis

Arjen Robben celebrates Bayern Munich's third goal

Champions League: Arjen Robben expresses delight with Bayern Munich's 'easy' victory over Manchester City

While City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits his side 'played really badly', but refuses to single out goalkeeper Joe Hart for blame

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville during their Premier League days

Former England duo Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville clash over Liverpool man's claim that Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are better than Paul Scholes was

The pair were part of Sky Sports' Monday Night Football coverage of the Swansea v Liverpool match

Bill Beswick alongside Steve McClaren back in 2006 when the pair worked together at Middlesbrough

Bill Beswick: You should always adopt the fighter mentality

A back-room figure from Steve McClaren's difficult England reign, the psychologist tells Ian Herbert he is now battling to revive British basketball

Jack Wilshere, Greg Dyke and an artists impression of one of the proposed stadiums in Qatar

Greg Dyke sets England target: Win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

FA chairman has lofty ambitions for the national team - and sets out how they are achievable

BT Sports presenter Jake Humphreys

Kevin Garside: BT's 'matey' atmosphere quickly became tiresome

All that waiting, all that expectation over the summer, it is over my friends. The Premier League is back. While it is the duty of BT Sport's football anchor Jake Humphrey to inflate his own programme with hyperbole, which he duly fulfilled with his opening statements, it is the prerogative of the punter to validate the product with his or her on/off button.

Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher: Football’s biggest fan ready for his new Sky Sports assignment alongside Gary Neville

The former Liverpool defender always wanted to be a TV pundit. Now he tells Ian Herbert why working with Gary Neville will be fun

Roy Hodgson with his England squad

Jamie Carragher: 'Ban academy imports at clubs for sake of the England team'

Exclusive: Academies should be for our kids, give them a chance, says former Liverpool defender

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