Sport Per Mertesacker at the Arsenal training ground this week

German defender is keen for the Gunners to avoid finishing the season in fourth

Radamel Falcao played for the Under-21s this week – and failed to impress Louis van Gaal

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Radamel Falcao played for the Under-21s this week - and failed to impress Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United injury list: Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera in race to be fit for Chelsea

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he had not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Cardiff City

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Solskjaer said he had not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Cardiff City

Loss-making Guardian papers helped by Auto Trader sale

The owner of The Guardian has collected a £600m-plus windfall from selling its 50.1 per cent stake in the car classifieds brand Auto Trader to the private-equity firm Apax Partners.

Guardian raises £600m from Auto Trader sale

The owner of The Guardian has collected a £600 million-plus windfall from selling its 50.1 per cent stake in car classifieds brand Auto Trader to private equity firm Apax Partners.

Henry Thomas and James Gaskill will leave Sale Sharks at the end of the season

England prop Henry Thomas and former Saxons captain James Gaskell to leave Sale Sharks, confirms Steve Diamond

Thomas is expected to join Bath at the end of the season while Gaskell has been linked with a move to London Wasps

Mr Witherow will be the one serving editor on the panel

Times editor on panel to select board of new press regulator

John Witherow, editor of The Times, will be among members of an appointments panel that will select the board of the new press regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

Manuel Pellegrini looks on from the touchline at the Allianz Arena

Injuries to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and defender Pablo Zabaleta will test squad depth the limit over festive period

Manuel Pellegrini is without a recognised right-back as Zabaleta joins Micah Richards on the injury list, with either Dedryck Boyata, Jack Rodwell or James Milner set to fill in

Anderson with Manchester United manager David Moyes

Manchester United midfielder Anderson tells David Moyes: 'I need to play'

The midfielder has been linked with a move away in January in search of regular football

The video clearly shows the statue rotating

Riddle of rotating Egyptian statue in Manchester museum solved

VIDEO: The statue, of a man called Neb-Sanu, appeared to turn itself during the day

Greggs cooks up a storm after refusing to stock Eccles cakes in its Eccles branch during Eccles Cake Week

Britain's biggest high street bakery chain stands by its decision to stop stocking the Manchester treat a decade ago

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club

Manchester teenagers start real-life Fight Club

Youths attacking each other with bits of scaffolding, eyewitness claims

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Adnan Januzaj backed to remain grounded by Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

A tug-of-war between international teams for the youngster's services looks set to take place

Sir Alex Ferguson’s forthcoming book should be a fascinating read

Claim that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was approached by Chelsea in 2003 questioned by Ron Harris

The former Chelsea defender suspects the retired Manchester United manger may be trying to upset the apple cart

Radio station apologises after encouraging listeners to troll Helen Flanagan

Listeners to the Manchester station hit back, accusing it of promoting bullying

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