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 said David de Gea got more flak than outfield players

Ryan Giggs is a 'one-off' says Manchester United team-mate Michael Carrick

The 39-year-old midfielder signed a new contract today

Longevity of 'Fergie Fledglings' owes everything to the Manchester United manager, says David Beckham

Alex Ferguson taught Ryan Giggs and co to look after their bodies

Giggs will undertake 240 hours of study to secure elite managerial qualification

Ryan Giggs to play for Manchester United in his 40s after signing contract extension

Midfielder signs one-year contract extension

Nemanja Vidic

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic insists stop-start return from injury is 'normal procedure'

Defender has struggled to return from knee surgery

Rafael da Silva's wonder-goal opens the scoring for Manchester United against QPR

Match Report: Ryan Giggs still a smash hit for relentless Manchester United

Queens Park Rangers 0 Manchester United 2: QPR suffer as the Welshman stars in his 999th professional game

Shinji Kagawa holds his knee during the Champions League match against Braga

Sir Alex Ferguson: Shinji Kagawa's best is yet to come at Manchester United

Scot blame the physical challenge of the Premier League for Japan international's slow start

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United are stronger than in 1999, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced Manchester United have a stronger squad now than their 1999 Treble-winning campaign.

David De Gea makes a fine stop against Real Madrid

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in demand after heroics against Real Madrid

Goalkeeper's Bernabeu brilliance sparks talk of La Liga return but team-mates sure he will be Manchester United star

Leighton Baines in action at Old Trafford

David Moyes admits tiredness could hit Everton's season

Toffees were soundly beaten by Manchester United

Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his goal
David Beckham signs on for a shift with Paris Saint-Germain

David Beckham taking inspiration from former Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes

Former England captain has joined PSG until the end of the season

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

Wayne Rooney reveals he took himself off penalty taking duties - 'it wasn't good enough'

Manchester United striker missed two spot-kicks in a row

Giggs will undertake 240 hours of study to secure elite managerial qualification

Ryan Giggs insists Manchester United are focused on Southampton rather than Real Madrid

Champions League date against Spanish champions is looming

Javier Herndandez of Manchester United celebrates his brace
Ryan Giggs talks with Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryan Giggs takes steps to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

Welsh midfielder has taken coaching badges

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee