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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick

Tottenham vs Manchester United: Michael Carrick insists United are eyeing the title, not just the top-four

Carrick's return to the side from injury has coincided with an eight-game unbeaten run

Wayne Rooney scores his and United's second of the game

Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: 'I'm playing like Paul Scholes,' says Wayne Rooney

United skipper ran the show from midfield

Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: Alan Pardew left the poorer by year of upheaval that began with Yohan Cabaye exit

A year is a long time in football - but this feels like a different era

Wayne Rooney opens the scoring after turning in a Radamel Falcao cross

Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: Wayne Rooney admits 'there's a long way to go' despite impressive Boxing Day win

United skipper refusing to get carried away despite good form

Rooney celebrates with striker-partner Radamel Falcao after the pair combine to put United ahead

Manchester United vs Newcastle match report: Brilliant Wayne Rooney scores twice to fire up United's unlikely title challenge

Manchester United Newcastle: Rooney's double got the ball rolling for United before he set-up Robin van Persie for a thrid

Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong

Manchester United team news: Paddy McNair replaces Darren Fletcher as 17-year-old Adam Armstrong handed first Newcastle start

Armstrong has made just seven Premier League appearances from the bench but is preferred to Papiss Cisse

Andy Carroll and Branislav Ivanovic clash, John Terry scores, and Santa Clause in the home fans

Arsenal vs QPR live: Latest score and updates plus reaction to wins for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs

Follow all the action from around the grounds including Burnley v Liverpool, Crystal Palace v Southampton, Everton v Stoke, Leicester v Tottenham, Sunderland v Hull, Swansea v Aston Villa and West Brom v Manchester City

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United enjoy Christmas Day off, much to the delight of Wayne Rooney ahead of Newcastle match

Louis van Gaal has allowed his team to remain at home despite the visit of Newcastle to Old Trafford on Boxing Day

Manchester United vs Newcastle: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to the festive fixture at Old Trafford

Transfer Talk: Gareth Bale could still move to Manchester United; Arsenal hold secret talks with Sergio Ramos; City lining up Madzukic

Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on 24 December

Jose Mourinho on Sir Alex Ferguson: 'A good friend, a good person, a fantastic sense of humour. I like him very, very much'

Fergie might have been full of praise for his former rival and friend but the Chelsea manager has responded with a love-in of his own

Sir Alex Ferguson has 'put pressure on me to get results', admits Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Dutch coach also admitted praise had boosted his self-esteem

Gareth Bale to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal 'can't discuss' move for Real Madrid star

Dutch coach says he will 'discuss it with his CEO, not with the media'

Manchester United are the kings of Boxing Day - but Aston Villa have won just three times on 26 December

United have won a whopping 19 festive matches in 22 years, losing once

Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Petr Cech

Transfer talk: Gareth Bale to Manchester United, Moussa Sissoko to Arsenal, Paul Pogba to Liverpool, Petr Cech to leave Chelsea

Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on Tuesday 23 December

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Vanity project on a high-speed track to nowhere

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Alexander Armstrong on insulting Mary Berry and his love of 'Bargain Hunt'

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Sanchez helps Gunners hold on

Olivier Giroud's moment of madness nearly costs them
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Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
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No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect