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

Ferguson: 'We threw the game away. This is a wake-up call'

Manchester United 3 Basle 3

Lewis aims to follow McIlroy's Dunhill example

The last time Tom Lewis was here at the Old Course his girlfriend, Lara Cornell, was his caddie and a few hundred watched him win the St Andrews Links Trophy. That was three months ago.

Glenn Moore: The understudies who are happiest enjoying life outside the limelight

Many talented coaches only excel as No 2 to a manager. Our writer examines why

Hamstrung Rooney a doubt for England

Fabio Capello has been given no guarantees that Wayne Rooney will be fit for England's last Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro a week on Friday, with the striker out of Manchester United's Champions League tie with Basel tonight with a hamstring injury.

Ian Herbert: Hargreaves keeps feet on the ground after three years of frustration

The midfielder is refusing to get carried away with talk of an England return despite shining for City

James Lawton: Owen is a scorer of great goals who, sadly, fell short of greatness

No doubt it was unintended, but the right arm that wrapped around the shoulders of Michael Owen after he scored the second of his two goals on a rare appearance for Manchester United might have been a reproach.

James Lawton: Owen is a scorer of great goals who, sadly, fell short of greatness

He was the most reliable of that failed golden generation, so why was there poignancy at Elland Road? It was because of the sense of waste

Villas-Boas fears for Torres after striker's shocking miss

Chelsea manager defends £50m forward after 3-1 defeat as Ferguson criticises 'reckless' Cole

Chelsea's young pretender has the old master in his sights

Chelsea managers' first game against United

Ferguson: 'At 32 I was managing East Stirling. My players were on about £5 a week'

There are Scottish roots in both of the football managers, 36 years apart, who will contest the most compelling fixture of the season tomorrow at Old Trafford. While Sir Alex Ferguson's need no embellishment, those of 33-year-old Andre Villas-Boas derive from Largs, the west Scotland coaching centre he attended, where his application to study as a teenager stated: "I'm going to reach this target I've got in my life, no matter what. I'm going to get there."

Young pretender has the master in his sights

Youth and outsider status mean there is no undue deference from Villas-Boas

James Lawton: If Tindall and Co are such great pros, why cavort like amateurs?

Imagine the national outrage which might have ensued if Wayne Rooney had been similarly compromised

Blast from evergreen Giggs puts United back on track in Lisbon

Benfica 1 (Cardozo 24) Manchester United 1 (Giggs 42)

Ferguson snaps over 'stupid' query about De Gea omission

United manager annoyed at goalkeeper question on night both Manchester sides draw 1-1 in Champions League

Giggs strikes a blow for the old guard with vintage display

Benfica 1 Manchester United 1

Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Arsenal supporters gather for a recent ‘fan party’ in New Jersey
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
Life and Style
Balmain's autumn/winter 2014 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti and featuring Binx Walton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott
fashionHow Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight
peopleForget Paxman - what will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Life and Style
fashionCustomer complained about the visibly protruding ribs
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
voicesJames Moore: As the Tories rub their hands together, the average voter will be asking why they're not getting a piece of the action
Career Services

Day In a Page

Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little