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Retaining their Premier League crown looks impossible, but they are just two wins away from winning the Capital One Cup

David De Gea plays down Manchester United transfer

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea has denied reports he has agreed to join Manchester United and insists he will not consider his future until after this summer's European Under-21 Championships.

Letter from the editor: Twitter update

Twitter update. Followers: 1700. Tweets: 23. Time spent on Twitter when I could have been doing something more rewarding: unknowable.

MP names Ryan Giggs as footballer in privacy row

The footballer at the centre of a gagging order over a relationship with reality TV star Imogen Thomas was named by an MP in the Commons today as Ryan Giggs.

David Beckham expects 'emotional' return to Old Trafford

David Beckham has admitted the chance to pull on the famous red shirt and play for Manchester United at Old Trafford again will give him goose bumps.

Leading article: Gary Neville - eco warrior

From Red Nev to Green Gary. England's most capped right-back, Gary Neville, seems an unlikely eco-warrior. As Manchester United captain he hardly seemed a model of sensitivity when it came to the finer feelings of opposing players and fans. So some were surprised he applied for planning permission to build a futuristic eco-home on moorland which experts say is one of the country's most energy-efficient residential developments and the first zero-carbon house in north-west England. Local residents objected to the plans, complaining that the eight-bedroom underground home – with petal-shaped enclaves containing bedrooms, bathrooms, a garage, a children's play area and a swimming pool around a centrepiece kitchen – looked like something from the Teletubbies. Bolton Council turned down his first planning application.

Gary Neville urges Paul Scholes to continue playing

Gary Neville has urged old mate Paul Scholes not to quit at the end of this season.

Gary Neville admits cynicism surrounds modern day testimonials

Gary Neville has admitted a cynicism about testimonials has emerged over the past few years.

Gary Neville hoping David Beckham can make testimonial

Gary Neville is crossing his fingers old friend David Beckham will make his testimonial night perfect by donning the Manchester United kit once more.

David Beckham may feature in Gary Neville testimonial

David Beckham is considering an invitation to complete the famed 'Class of 92' by returning for Gary Neville's testimonial at Old Trafford on May 24.

Anderson: 'I have the qualities to be player of the year next season'

Anderson has been at Manchester United for four years but, the determined Brazilian informs Sam Wallace, his best is still to come

New tricks for old bricks: How an eco-refurbishment scheme helped convert a Victorian terrace into a green flagship

Maria Hawton-Mead proves that old homes can go low carbon too.

New tricks for old bricks: An eco-refurbishment scheme helped one woman convert her Victorian terrace into a green flagship

Maria Hawton-Mead proves that old homes can go low carbon too.

Gary Neville testimonial given go-ahead

Gary Neville's testimonial will still take place at Old Trafford on May 24, even though it is just four days before Manchester United are almost certain to be taking on Barcelona in the Champions League final.

Tevez is City's best player by far, says Neville

A certain light went out of Manchester derbies when Gary Neville announced in February that he had played his last game for Sir Alex Ferguson.

Gary Neville blasts 'inconsistent' FA over Wayne Rooney ban

Gary Neville has accused the FA of being "reactive and very inconsistent" in their handling of the Wayne Rooney swearing scandal.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links