Sport Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

United's youth has chance to shine

Welbeck is preferred to Berbatov as United keep faith in tyros who have begun season well and shown they understand the Old Trafford way

Levein has a new approach for Czechs

Sir Alex Ferguson has been on the phone and there is a pile of nine DVDs of Czech Republic matches to watch. "I go from being here most of the time," says Craig Levein of his workload as he holds his hand low, palm down. "Then all of a sudden it's up here." He smiles as he raises his arm, but the impression is still of a serious, often intense manager; he reflects, in his tone and his mood, the gravity of the events Scotland are about to face.

Capello likely to follow form book

Loss of the Holland friendly forces England manager to rely on the tried and tested

Davies ruled out for 'five months'

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies faces up to five months on the sidelines after suffering complications with a knee injury.

Feisty Arsène ready to tackle Bolton chairman over '£6m' Cahill move

Manchester City also feel Arsenal manager's wrath for playing loan system in Adebayor's Tottenham deal

'You tell me, who's good enough to replace Wenger?'

Sir Alex Ferguson jumps to defence of his old rival, who he says is the best in Arsenal's history

Fergie's four-letter outburst at the FA

Sir Alex Ferguson reacted to the prospect of up to eight Manchester United players being named in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers by saying that it was time the FA stopped treating his club "like shit".

Furious Alex Ferguson blasts 'ungrateful' FA over treatment of Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson has accused the Football Association of failing to acknowledge Manchester United's status within the English game and treating the Old Trafford club "like s***"

United again: Sir Alex and BBC bury hatchet after seven-year feud

Ferguson began his boycott in 2004, when it was alleged in a BBC documentary that his son Jason, a football agent, had exploited his father's position for his own gain

Why Fergie fell out with BBC over documentary that was full of old news

United manager wanted to hit back at the 'arrogant' broadcaster after its 2004 'attack' on his son

Villas-Boas backs City to win European Cup on debut

Chelsea manager talks up Mancini's side as United get easiest draw of English clubs

Boxing: Groves agrees to join Warren stable

Frank Warren has vowed to set up a rematch between bitter rivals George Groves and James DeGale after announcing the shock news that the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion has joined his promotional stable.

Capello looks to United's youth

Fabio Capello has named Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Danny Welbeck in his provisional England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales next month, which he will whittle down to 23 names on Sunday.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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