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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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Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard told to believe in himself

The winger has impressed on pre-season tour

David Beckham has urged Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United

David Beckham pleads with Wayne Rooney to stay with Manchester United and gives his backing to David Moyes

Former England captain wants striker to remain with club to help Moyes retain the league title for United

Manchester United are interested in Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United make £26m Fabregas bid after missing out on Thiago

Moyes faces tough fight to land ex-Arsenal star after Barcelona lose midfielder to Bayern

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Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, pictured in 2011, to open a football-themed hotel and a restaurant

Former Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville to open a football-themed hotel and a restaurant

'We’ve stayed in a lot of hotels and often felt that we could do a better job,' said Giggs

Ryan Giggs will play a key role in persuading Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford

Manchester United want Wayne Rooney to agree to highly incentivised contract to remain at Old Trafford

Club pin hopes on new player-coach Ryan Giggs being able to talk striker into accepting contract

Manchester United hope Ryan Giggs' appointment as player-coach will persuade Wayne Rooney to stay at club

Ryan Giggs' appointment as coach is crucial in Manchester United's battle to keep Wayne Rooney

United will look to 39-year-old to convince England striker that his future lies at Old Trafford

Ryan Giggs gives instructions to Robin van Persie

Ryan Giggs becomes Manchester United player-coach in latest shake-up to coaching staff under David Moyes

The 39-year-old is set to continue his playing career but will join the coaching staff on the same day that Phil Neville is also appointed

Manchester United coaching return for Phil Neville

Former player is to be appointed as part of David Moyes' backroom staff having been seen arriving at Carrington this morning

Phil Neville will return to his old club Manchester United as a coach this summer to join David Moyes' backroom staff

Phil Neville returns to Manchester United as the latest addition to David Moyes' coaching team

The former defender returns to Old Trafford

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Jermain Defoe inspired by Ryan Giggs' longevity

The Tottenham striker is now 30

Ferguson says farewell for the last time
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Paul Scholes 'sad' to see former Manchester United team-mate David Beckham retire

The pair came through the youth set-up at United

Paul Scholes celebrates with manager Sir Alex Ferguson as both prepare to retire from the game

Paul Scholes: 'I know it's the right time' as midfielder bows out at Old Trafford

Paul Scholes joined Sir Alex Ferguson in saying their goodbye's to their home fans, but feels time is right to retire

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