Sport Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he had not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Cardiff City

Solskjaer said he had not spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson since taking over at Cardiff City

Alan Pardew hopes the fans will think he acted with 'dignity and respect'

Manchester United v Newcastle: Alan Pardew eyes result at Old Trafford

The Magpies have not won at Old Trafford since 1972

The fortunes of David Moyes in the transfer market could be dependent on whether United qualify for the Champions League next season

Transfer news: Manchester United's ambitious transfer plans at risk from possible failure to qualify for Champions League

Big-name players will be put off by lack of Champions League football if United fail to finish in the top four

David Moyes must at least ensure that Manchester United qualify for next season's Champions League

David Moyes backed to succeed at Manchester United by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

There are concerns at Old Trafford following last night's defeat to Everton

David Moyes declared he was indifferent about facing Everton – just bothered by the result

David Moyes suffers fourth Premier League defeat - but how did other Manchester United managers start?

Everton inflicted a painful defeat on United last night that saw the champions lose more ground in the title race

Olivier Giroud after scoring Arsenal's second goal

Arsenal 2 Hull City 0: Do the Gunners even need to sign a striker in January?

Wenger tried to bring Suarez and Higuain to the Emirates this summer, but with his midfielders in fine goalscoring form he may wish to strengthen elsewhere if at all following an impressive start to the season

Rene Meulensteen will take charge of his first Fulham match against Tottenham

Fulham v Tottenham: Rene Meulensteen targets 'work rate and discipline' in bid to escape relegation battle

The Dutchman takes charge of his first match following the departure of Martin Jol

Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised his replacement at Everton Roberto Martinez

Manchester United v Everton: David Moyes praises his replacement Roberto Martinez and says Robin van Persie could return from injury

Van Persie has missed the last three games through separate toe and groin injuries but could be in-line to return against Moyes's former team

Rene Meulensteen has replaced Martin Jol at Fulham

Martin Jol dismissal: Rene Meulensteen faces ‘huge task’ after Fulham axe Jol

Former United coach well aware of the job awaiting him

Martin Jol has been sacked by Fulham

Martin Jol dismissal: Jol has been sacked and is replaced by Rene Meulensteen

Meulensteen will take over 'with immediate effect'

Books of the year 2013: Sport

The memoir is the staple diet in sports publishing, and this has been a particularly full-on year for them. The more honest the better, of course, and there's none more so than Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography (Harpersport, £20). It's full of staggering stories: fighting high on coke and dope – which didn't stop him winning a fight in 38 seconds; wearing what he calls a "whizzer", or fake penis filled with clean urine, to foil the drug-testers; badly beating up fans who asked for autographs… Tyson is in full-on confessional mode and I can't recall a more self-excoriating autobiography, but it makes for grimly compelling reading.

Steven Gerrard celebrates his 100th Premier League goal after converting a penalty to equalise for Liverpool against Newcastle

Steven Gerrard – how I came close to joining Manchester United and Chelsea

But Liverpool captain is delighted he eventually he stayed at Anfield

Martin Jol (left) walks off the pitch after Fulham's defeat to Swansea

West Ham v Fulham: Martin Jol admits defeats to West Ham and Tottenham could lead to the sack

The Cottagers currently occupy one of the relegation places

Ryan Giggs applauds the Manchester United away fans

Ryan Giggs is the role model for all the players at Manchester United, says Chris Smalling

The Welsh midfielder will turn 40 tomorrow

Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson makes impromptu visit to Manchester United dressing room

The former manager popped in to see his former team following their 5-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen

Sir Alex Ferguson

Former Tottenham chairman Alan Sugar wants Sir Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement and replace Andre Villas-Boas

There has been speculation over the future of AVB following Spurs' 6-0 defeat to Manchester City

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