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

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic

Stoke City v Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic must fight for place, warns David Moyes ahead of Capital One Cup tie

David Moyes has warned his captain Nemanja Vidic he cannot expect to walk straight back into the Manchester United team as they prepare to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United is helped off the pitch

Nemanja Vidic warned he cannot expect to walk back into Manchester United side

David Moyes says his captain is not guaranteed a place in the starting XI

Manchester United's Phil Jones has urged his teammates to deal with the pressure that their bad run of form has caused despite their low confidence

Aston Villa v Manchester United: Midfielder Phil Jones admits confidence is low at Old Trafford but the squad must deal with the pressure

Jones scored the winner against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night to see United through to the Champions League last 16 but they must look to return to winning ways in the Premier League

Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates scoring against Chelsea
Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney pictured during the 5-0 victory over Bayern Leverkusen

Ryan Giggs is 'getting better' with age, suggests Manchester United manager David Moyes

The Welshman, who turns 40 tomorrow, was superb in Manchester United's Champions League win against Bayer Leverkusen

Adnan Januzaj cost United £500,000 from Anderlecht

Expectations around Adnan Januzaj must be tempered warns former Manchester United player Gary Pallister

The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season

Chris Brunt tries to make progress during Northern Ireland's defeat

Azerbaijan 2 Northern Ireland 0: Further Irish shame with loss in Baku

Azerbaijan had only won one World Cup qualifier in the last dozen years

Luis Suarez pictured on his return for Liverpool

Luis Suarez focus: How did the Liverpool striker perform on his return?

The Uruguayan returned following his 10-match ban for biting

Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling hopeful tough start could benefit Manchester United

The champions open their campaign against Swansea

Stuart Holden

Luckless Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden to be sidelined again

The US international will miss the start of the season

Wayne Rooney is replaced by a cardboard cut-out on United's tour
Robin van Persie

David Moyes introduces last man standing shot practice to Manchester United, but who is left embarrassed once it's all over?

With names such as van Persie, Welbeck, Hernandez and Giggs, surely the United squad would have no problems trying to score a simple goal? Think again...

Robin van Persie in action against Yokohama

Yokohama 3 Manchester United 2: David Moyes suffers another shock defeat on pre-season tour

The new manager has lost two of his first three games in charge

Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson kisses the Premier League trophy (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

West Brom v Manchester United: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at The Hawthorns

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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

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Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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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