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

Kevin Ball asks to be considered for the role

Sunderland v Manchester United: Kevin Ball looking to maintain unlikely beaten run

Last caretaker spell saw Ball draw 0-0 with United at Old Trafford

The Sport Matrix: Friday 4 October 2013

Fifa all set to delay  2022 Qatar World Cup final decision

Ryan Giggs with David Moyes

Champions League: Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs set to break European record against Shakhtar Donetsk

Welshman will break all-time appearance record if he features on Wednesday

Manchester City tunnel cam before their derby match with Manchester United

Manchester City release 'tunnel cam' from 4-1 victory over Manchester United - with David Moyes seen storming off and Ryan Giggs pursuing the fourth official

Footage reveals everything from the teams arriving to the celebratory pizza being delivered to the City dressing room and those things in between you won't have seen before

Wayne Rooney could be a Manchester United god according to former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

The Sky pundit claims Rooney needs to sign a new contract and ensure his name is mentioned in the same breath as Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring against Bayer Leverkusen

Wayne Rooney enters exclusive club as he nets his 200th goal for Manchester United to join Sir Bobby Charlton, Dennis Law and Jack Rowley

Rooney scored twice in the 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen to make him just the fourth player to pass the double century mark

Robin van Persie puts Manchester United ahead with an acrobatic effort in the champions’ win

Swansea 1 Manchester United 4 match report: Flying Dutchman Robin van Persie sets David Moyes on fast track to glory

Two goals from RVP and Danny Welbeck's double lift new manager as Wayne Rooney returns to the fold

Chris Coleman remonstrates on the touchline with Gareth Bale as Wales take on Scotland

Transfer news: Tottenham winger Gareth Bale would adapt well to life at Real Madrid says Wales manager Chris Coleman

The 24-year-old's national boss, who spent time managing in Spain, has admitted his belief that Bale would fit in should he complete a move to the La Liga club

Manager David Moyes of Manchester United speaks to Assistant Manager Steve Round, Ryan Giggs and Coach Phil Neville

Ryan Giggs will be a successful coach 'without doubt' says former Manchester United youth team manager Eric Harrison

The midfielder has become a coach at Old Trafford under David Moyes

Gary Neville: Former United team-mate was impressed the first time he saw Ronaldo play

England coach Gary Neville backs player quota system to help home nations

Foreign players dominate the Premier League

Danny Welbeck celebrates with the rest of the Manchester United team after he opens the scoring against Kitchee FC

Kitchee FC 2 Manchester United 5 match report: Youngster Jesse Lingard scores yet again to give David Moyes a winning end to pre-season tour

Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling, Fabio, Adnan Januzaj and Lingard all on target as United complete pre-season tour of Asia with three victories out of five

Wilfried Zaha bagged his first goal for Manchester United in a pre-season friendly

Cerezo Osaka 2 Manchester United 2 match report: Wilfried Zaha's first goal for United in 'Moyes' minutes' saves yet another defeat on pre-season tour

United were just seconds away from a third defeat in four matches when new signing Zaha came to the rescue to earn a 2-2 draw against Cerezo Osaka

Robin van Persie

David Moyes introduces last man standing shot practice to Manchester United, but who is left embarrassed once it's all over?

With names such as van Persie, Welbeck, Hernandez and Giggs, surely the United squad would have no problems trying to score a simple goal? Think again...

Manager David Moyes of Manchester United speaks to Assistant Manager Steve Round, Ryan Giggs and Coach Phil Neville

Former Everton coach Steve Round shocked by 'enormity' of Manchester United after joining David Moyes

The assistant-manager is on the club's pre-season tour

Robin van Persie

Wilfried Zaha admits he is 'starstruck' after joining Manchester United

The winger has been on the club's pre-season tour

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