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Assessing those that are struggling ahead of Sunday's Premier League fixture

'We've still got it,' declares Ian Brown last night in Manchester

Stone Roses reunion gigs net £23m

The Stone Roses generated £23m for the Manchester economy by reuniting for a three-day musical extravaganza in their hometown, experts have estimated.

Tom Cleverley pictured in training

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley eager to put injury-hit season behind him

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is keen to put a nightmare season behind him and look forward to starting afresh in August.

Danny Cipriani is to return to England

Danny Cipriani will return to England 'a better player and person'

Danny Cipriani believes he will return to England "a better player and a better person" following his 18-month stint with Melbourne Rebels.

Darren Fletcher will take an extended break from the game

Darren Fletcher targets return next season for Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is targeting a return to action next season.

Male nurse held in poison probe at hospital after notes 'changed'

Detectives investigating a spate of deliberate poisonings at a hospital have arrested a male nurse after it was discovered that medical records had allegedly been tampered with.

Phil Jones scored the only goal in the match with Aston Villa

Phil Jones happy with varying roles for Manchester United

Manchester United utility player Phil Jones is more than happy to be shuffled around the side if it means the team keeps on winning.

Salford University's digital campus: 'This is not a place you come to read books'

The campus not only offers students cutting-edge technology – it also places them at the heart of the new media industry. Jonathan Brown takes a tour

Stone Roses sell £12m of tickets in just 68 minutes

Excitement surrounding a Stone Roses reunion that many fans believed would never happen saw 150,000 concert tickets snapped up in 14 minutes yesterday.

Ed Miliband mobbed on Manchester visit

Ed Miliband braved heavy rain and heckles today as he took a walk around the streets of Manchester.

Ilona Catherine: True Mancunians love and respect Manchester

I haven't been alive long, but I can safely say that I have never been so scared, shocked and saddened by anything like this.

More arrests in sexploitation probe

Two more men have been arrested as part of a widespread investigation into child sex trafficking and exploitation.

Letter from the editor: A big thumbs-up

So, part two of your responses to the “how are we doing?” survey: the things you like.

Aegis to create 600 call centre jobs in Manchester

Six hundred call centre jobs are to be created in Manchester by Indian outsourcing firm Aegis.

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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