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Beckham was forced to perform a sexual act on himself while looking at a picture of former United star Clayton Blackmore whereas in comparison Mata is likely to sing a song

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The midfielder came off injured in the Capital One Cup exit to Sunderland

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Manchester United v Swansea: Tom Cleverley wants to help end 10-year FA Cup drought

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The concern is not related to problems earlier in the season

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Stoke City v Manchester United: Adnan Januzaj should 'stand on his own two feet' says Mark Hughes

David Moyes recently spoke of his concern at a lack of protection for the youngster

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David Moyes tells Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck: 'The name of the game is goals'

Manager knows the United's forwards goal return is what he will be judged on

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

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

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Roy Keane omits Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs from 'greatest' Manchester United team

The former captain picks the best players he played alongside

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Ryan Giggs demands Manchester United 'get over' defeat to Everton

United's are now 12 points adrift of Premier League leaders Arsenal

Ryan Giggs has been labelled as a

Ryan Giggs branded a 'wrongun' by QPR midfielder Joey Barton as he takes aim at Manchester United great's personal life

Barton's latest Twitter rant slams the recently-turned 40-year-old for his affair with his brother's wife Natasha Giggs

Ryan Giggs fears the day he is forced to retire from Manchester United duty

The recently-turned 40-year-old admits that he'll know the time is right to hang up his boots when he'll 'feel different'

Ryan Giggs did not develop into the towering world figure his talent suggested he might become

Kevin Garside: As good a player as he still is, Ryan Giggs could have been so much more

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