Steve McClaren’s failure convinced the FA that radical change was needed
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane

Sport on TV: Roy still has keen edge for this witness protection programme

At the start of Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies (ITV4, Wednesday) the contests between Arsenal and Manchester United are described as “a brilliant, vicious Premier League rivalry that has never been bettered”. At the fast-beating heart of that battle were the two players for almost a decade. They took the odd beating, but here they are reunited in retirement. It made for almost as compulsive viewing as the real thing, rather like watching a psychopath from the other side of the prison bars.

Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane have teamed up to talk about their playing days

Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira relive rivalry - after the former Manchester United and Arsenal captains shared ice cream in Warsaw

Thawing of frosty relationship, which is subject of TV show on Tuesday night, began with a shared ice cream

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring against Chelsea yesterday

Wayne Rooney has Manchester United future says former striker Andy Cole

England striker's future under speculation

BEST OFF THE BENCH - No one! Wayne Rooney (pictured), Valencia and Ashley Young made no impression

Jose Mourinho defends Alex Ferguson's decision to axe Wayne Rooney

England striker was relegated to bench for visit of Real Madrid

Ryan Giggs and Alex Ferguson

Champions League: Manchester United v Real Madrid match preview

A look ahead to tonights Champions League knockout fixture at Old Trafford

Champions League: Manchester United v Real Madrid past meetings

History of fascinating encounters between the two European heavyweights

Ryan Giggs in action against West Ham

Ryan Giggs in no rush to make retirement decision

Manchester United midfielder was incredibly impressive against West Ham in midweek

Wayne Rooney blasts the ball over the bar from the penalty spot against West Ham

Ryan Giggs defends Wayne Rooney over penalty miss

Manchester United striker missed from the spot against West Ham

Can you spot the difference? Statue of Ferguson unveiled at Old Trafford and yes, yes you can

A collection of former and current Manchester United stars gathered at Old Trafford on Friday to attend the unveiling of a statue of manager Alex Ferguson.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates his goal

Wayne Rooney relieved to score penalty for Manchester United

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admitted luck played a significant part as he bounced back from his penalty miss against Arsenal by converting one in Braga last night.

Ryan Giggs has won only five penalties for Manchester United in 20 years, according to his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson pins blame for Young's theatrics on Fifa

Sir Alex Ferguson, who has "had a word" with Ashley Young about the theatrics which earned him penalties against Queen's Park Rangers and Aston Villa, said last night that the problem of simulation has existed for 20 years but that the football governing bodies lack the ability to deal with it.

Van Nistelrooy to play in Spain again

The Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy will play in Spain again after signing a one-year deal with Malaga.

Van Nistelrooy signs one-year deal with Malaga

Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has passed a medical and signed a one-year contract with Malaga, the Spanish club said today.

Little maestro hits another remarkable note

Finally after 681 minutes it came. Leo Messi's 54th-minute goal last night was his first in England and it came so soon after it had seemed that he had missed his greatest opportunity to break a duck that had seen him play seven matches for Barcelona and one for Argentina without scoring on English soil.

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Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
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BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
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But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn