Sport Juan Mata could go through a Manchester United initiation, but hopefully it won't be anything like David Beckham's

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

Ryan Giggs last wore the Wales strip in 2007 but now fancies a GB shirt

James Lawton: The Olympics is a place for serious football, not a David Beckham-Ryan Giggs sideshow

The Welshman has never sought cheap acclaim so why this wish to join a publicity jamboree?

Gary Neville pictured at the 2006 World Cup

'Force of nature' Gary Neville will be a success with England predicts Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs thinks Gary Neville is an outstanding addition to the England coaching staff and has backed his former Manchester United team-mate to go on and become a top-class manager.

Ryan Giggs continues to play a key role for United

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs excited by Olympics opportunity

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has called the possibility of representing Great Britain at Olympics as "fantastic".

Ryan Giggs won the best player award

Manchester United pair Ryan Giggs and Alex Ferguson win at the Premier League 20 seasons awards

Manchester City may have wrestled the title from their grasp, but Manchester United were today awarded two prestigious honours for their dominance of the Premier League.

David Beckham in action for LA Galaxy

Robin Scott-Elliot: David Beckham trots towards the Olympics but what of his sporting afterlife?

Major League Soccer, ESPN / After The Final Whistle, BBC 1

Midfield maestro: Since emerging from retirement Paul Scholes has galvanised United and must be in England's European Championship squad

Alex Ferguson standing firm over selection of Manchester United players for Olympics

Sir Alex Ferguson has set out his stall over the London 2012 Olympic football tournament and told the FA none of Manchester United's over-age players apart from Ryan Giggs can be selected.

Besiktas had the option to buy Bebe but may choose to return him to United

Police inquiry into transfer of Bebe to Manchester United

Manchester United's signing of striker Bebe from Vitoria Guimaraes for £7.2m in 2010 is being investigated by police in Portugal, with the club set to be questioned about the deal.

Pippa Middleton has opted to employ a PR adviser

Public relations: This time it's personal

It's not just celebrities who require advice on how to present the best image. Dominic Prince on the rise of PR in business, law and (near) royalty

What the Sunday Papers said...

Independent on Sunday: Pay and eco protesters head back to the City

Manchester United's Ryan Giggs is close to his 13th Premier League title

Ryan Giggs will carry on playing into his forties, says former Manchester United team-mate Gary Neville

Gary Neville does not believe the staggering achievements of Ryan Giggs will ever be beaten – and predicted that his long-time Manchester United team-mate could extend his career well into his forties.

Ryan Giggs remains an integral part of the side

Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs will continue into his forties predicts Gary Neville

Gary Neville does not believe the staggering achievements of Ryan Giggs will ever be beaten - and predicted his long-time Manchester United team-mate could extend his career well into his forties.

Rio Ferdinand will complete a decade with the Red Devils in July

Rio Ferdinand proud of decade with Manchester United

Rio Ferdinand is proud to be closing in on a 10-year association with Manchester United.

Rio liable: Ferdinand has lost some of his pace but can now rely on experience, which also allows him to help younger United defenders such as Phil Jones

Rio Ferdinand wants to finish Manchester United career with no regrets

Rio Ferdinand is approaching his 10th anniversary as a Manchester United player more hungry than ever to collect some silverware.

Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, By Rodge Glass

Dear Ryan, please can I have my youthful fantasies back?

Roberto Mancini has seen City lose momentum

Former manager Peter Reid fears Manchester City have blown title chance

Former Manchester City manager Peter Reid fears the club have blown a golden opportunity to win the title.

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