Sport Spain midfielder Juan Mata

Juan Mata follows in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best and Eric Cantona

Sammy McIlroy said the Manchester United players were given confidence by their manager, Tommy Docherty

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United have met Ajax only once before in Europe, in 1976. The key performers recall an electric occasion

Paul Gascoigne has settled his claim against News International

Sorry day for Murdoch as High Court hears hacking apology

News International hopes to settle claims - but lawyer says more victims emerge every day

Ferdinand: 'When I'm retired I will be judging my career on what my team won'

James Lawton: Sorry, Rio, trophies are not the way to judge greatness

Maybe, just maybe, he is the like of which we have not seen since the unforgettable George Best

Gareth Bale celebrates his second - and sumptuous - goal against Norwich on Tuesday

James Lawton: Best since Best? Bale is making a convincing case

He might just break a trend and say there are things more valuable than the pay packet

The legendary Brazilian midfielder, Socrates

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The outspoken star, who died yesterday, played the game with style. By Tim Rich

Brendan Rodgers: 'The city and the club have waited years for this sort of game. It's going to be a wonderful occasion'

Brendan Rodgers: You might not remember me, Sir Alex...

When Swansea entertain Manchester United next Saturday, their manager will be meeting his old boss of more than 20 years ago. Steve Tongue meets Brendan Rodgers

Ian Herbert: Uncelebrated and unknown: The genuine story of George Best's babysitter

It is prurience that tempts you to reach for Celia Walden's Babysitting George from the bookshelves; an itch to know how the scion of a distinguished political family – and the Daily Telegraph – could have conspired to antagonise all those women George Best left behind to the point of uniting them.

Dylan Jones: 'It's the minutiae of George Best’s behaviour which is the most fascinating thing'

By rights, your friends should never write books, principally because when they do you're a) expected to read them, and b) say exceedingly nice things about them. Which means you often have to lie. Which in the long run is no big deal, but if you know a lot of writers, that's an awful lot of lying.

Business Diary: Perloff ramblings bemuse City

Andrew Perloff, the eccentric chairman of Panther Securities, is known for his forthright opinions, which included predicting the financial meltdown. In the property group's full-year results yesterday, he vented fully in a section appropriately titled "Chairman's Ramblings". Mr Perloff aired his opinion on subjects from BP and bankers, to an anecdote about George Best, only failing to reveal how they related to his company.

James Lawton: Language barriers? Even Ramsey had his problems on that front

Any difficulties with the spoken word would in the long run be dwarfed by his football knowledge

Ryan Giggs voted Manchester United's greatest ever player

Sir Alex Ferguson can see just why Ryan Giggs has been voted the greatest player in Manchester United history - even though the man himself cannot quite believe it.

Coldest December on record puts brakes on start of the big getaway

December 2010 is "almost certain" to be the coldest since records began in 1910, according to the Met Office.

Best's cup medal sells for £156,000

George Best's European Cup winner's medal sold at auction for £156,000 yesterday.

Ian Holloway: Too many will end up like George Best

Football has a real problem with morality and the game has a duty to stamp out culture of excess

Ryanair boss blames delays over Belfast airport pull-out

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary today blamed government delays over approving a controversial runway extension for his decision to pull out of George Best Belfast City Airport.

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