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 in action against West Ham

Ryan Giggs in no rush to make retirement decision

Manchester United midfielder was incredibly impressive against West Ham in midweek

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

Ryan Giggs defends Wayne Rooney over penalty miss

Manchester United striker missed from the spot against West Ham

Wayne Rooney is congratulated after putting Manchester United ahead
Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney
West Ham’s Joe Cole avoids a challenge

Glorious homecoming for Joe Cole overshadowed by Dutch of class of Robin van Persie

Late equaliser from RVP denies Sam Allardyce a famous victory over his old sparring partner

Match Report: Robin Van Persie denies Joe Cole his winning return for West Ham United against Manchester United

West Ham United 2 Manchester United 2: The prodigal son is back at Upton Park but late – and brilliant – intervention from United substitute takes the shine off Joe's homecoming party

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs puts Manchester United lead into perspective

Manchester United lead City by seven points at the top of the table

Ryan Giggs talks with Sir Alex Ferguson

'It is beyond belief anybody could criticise him': Alex Ferguson defends Ryan Giggs

Welshman has not made the impact of previous years

Michu celebrates his equaliser for Swansea yesterday

James Lawton: Giggs and Scholes reveal United's unhappy truth – they're living in the past

The instincts of the great Laudrup glowed in so much of Swansea’s work

Rafael in action against West Ham

Rafael ruled out of Manchester United's trip to Swansea

Premier League team news

Ryan Giggs talks with Sir Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson rubbishes claims Paul Scholes is due to retire... again

The futures of Manchester United duo Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand have also come under the spotlight

Ryan Giggs talks with Sir Alex Ferguson

Liverpool remain Manchester United's 'biggest rival' says Ryan Giggs

Welsh winger plays down rivalry with Manchester City ahead of derby

Bleak for United as Manchester derby looms

Rarely has a Manchester derby looked a more likely shoot-out between title contenders. Rarely have two sides less befitted such a billing.

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It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine