Spot the difference? Van Persie warmly greets new boss Giggs at United training... in stark contrast to his body language with Moyes

Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie of Manchester United in action

Robin van Persie cut a delighted figure on Friday morning as he shook hands with new Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs. The pair embraced at Carrington all smiles, just months after Van Persie was in a heated debate with sacked boss David Moyes at Carrington.

'Here's David.... sorry, Ryan!' Watch United gaffe introducing new boss

All smiles: In a bit of fun Ryan Giggs was addressed as David Moyes in Manchester United's press conference

A smile was rasied before Ryan Giggs' first press conference when a member of Manchester United's media staff introduced him as David Moyes.

Ferguson was the first person I called after taking over, reveals Giggs

Dynamic duo: Ferguson oversaw Giggs' legendary Old Trafford career before retiring last year

Ryan Giggs has already sought advice from Sir Alex Ferguson after stepping up to the Old Trafford hotseat.

The first job on my to-do list? I'll give myself a new five-year contract!

All smiles: Giggs will lead United as manager for the first time against Norwich on Saturday

Ryan Giggs joked his first act as Manchester United manager would be to give himself a five-year contract

Sacked Moyes agrees pay-off deal... but did he miss out on £4.5m as United waited before finally wielding the axe?

Sacked: Moyes was dismissed earlier this week after a disastrous ten months in charge of United

David Moyes has reached a settlement with Manchester United after being sacked by the club with just four games of the season remaining. The former United boss was just 10 months into a six-year deal when his torturous spell in charge at Old Trafford was brought to a premature end.

We deserve more respect as the most important English side in Europe, says Chelsea manager Mourinho

Heroes: Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 against Bayern Munich

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea fans believe they deserve more respect for their continental exploits in the past ten years.

United will offer staggering £55m deal to Southampton for Shaw and Lallana


CHRIS WHEELER: Manchester United are going ahead with plans to table a £55million bid for Southampton stars Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw.

Fergie anguish over Moyes sacking as he reveals 'upset' at United's handling

Upset: Sir Alex Ferguson is unhappy with how Manchester United dealt with the sacking of David Moyes

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken of his anguish at the way David Moyes's sacking was handled by Manchester United.

Lampard close to signing new one-year contract at Chelsea

Looking ahead: Lampard looks set to sign a new deal with Chelsea for another season

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard whose current deal is up in late June, has been talking to the clubs for weeks over finally agreeing a new contract.

Van Gaal's star at Spurs has fallen as his attention turns to United job

Interest elsewhere: Once a favourite for the Spurs job, Louis van Gaal may now be heading to Man Utd

Louis van Gaal's popularity at Tottenham has plummeted, with club executives angry at his flirtations with rival clubs.

Premier League XI of the season: Suarez, Gerrard, Toure and Terry all feature as our team of experts pick their best line-ups

Goals, class, power and leadership: Who makes your Premier League Team of the Year?

The Barclays Premier League is reaching a thrilling climax, and we've seen one of the best seasons on record unfold right before our eyes. Here, our panel selects their Team of the Year.

The bare-faced cheek of it! City boss Pellegrini confident of catching Liverpool

What's going on here? Samir Nasri receives treatment at Carrington as Manuel Pellegrini looks on

Manuel Pellegrini made one last attempt to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool by claiming the title is theirs to lose. The Manchester City manager also insisted his players - including Samir Nasri, who received an unusual bit of treatment at Carrington - firmly believed they could still overhaul their rivals for the title.

Football coming back home? FA want Euro 2020 final to be held at Wembley

Home of football: The FA have applied for Wembley to hold the Euro 2020 final

Football Association chiefs believe they have submitted a strong bid for Wembley to host either the final or group matches in Euro 2020.

Arsenal talks with Sagna are going nowhere, admits Wenger as City lurk

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Arsenal are no closer to tying up a contract extension for defender Bacary Sagna, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

PFA risk fresh controversy by booking rapper who uses 'n-word' for player of the year awards ceremony

Favourite: Liverpool's 30-goal striker Luis Suarez is odds-on to win the PFA Player of the Year Award on Sunday

Luis Suarez will share the stage at the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year ceremony with rapper Wretch 32, whose lyrics include the 'n-word'.

Friends Reunited: With a 2,453 matches and 61 major medals between them, the latest Old Trafford dream team is unveiled

Giggs of Manchester United (R) poses with his coaching staff of (L-R) Phil Neville, Nick Butt and Paul Scholes

Ryan Giggs unveiled his new managerial team at Manchester United, full of his old pals from the legendary 'Class of 92.' The interim boss, who has taken charge until the end of the season after the sacking of David Moyes, has brought fellow United great Paul Scholes back into the coaching fold.

'This is the proudest moment of my life... I'm a little nervous. I've told my players to score goals and entertain. That's my philosophy.'

Ryan Giggs of Manchester United arrives for his first press conference

New Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs says taking over from David Moyes is the proudest moment of his life, and admits he is nervous ahead of the match with Norwich on Saturday.

Five issues facing the next United boss... including fixing Fellaini and keeping Class of '92

The new Manchester United manager faces five major issues when he arrives at Old Trafford

Sportsmail looks at five of the biggest issues facing the new manager of Manchester United following David Moyes's brief and unsuccessful reign.

Keane? No thanks... Fergie against United return for his former skipper

Not Keane! Sir Alex Ferguson will block any Manchester United return for Roy Keane

Alex Ferguson will resist any effort to install Roy Keane as part of a new-look Manchester United managerial ticket.

Meulensteen blasts Moyes for overhaul of United backroom staff

Mistake: Rene Meulensteen claims Daid Moyes should not have changed Manchester United's backroom staff

David Moyes failed as Manchester United manager because he ignored the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson's backroom staff and it 'backfired' on him.

Premier League team news and stats for every match ahead of the weekend

Team news: Get the latest Premier League and FA Cup line-ups and stats ahead of the weekend action

Ahead of another Barclays Premier League weekend, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

Diaby's gruelling workout as the Arsenal crock eyes return after year out (But guess what? He's injured yet again...!)

Abou Diaby

Arsenal fans could be forgiven for forgetting what Abou Diaby looks like, seeing as the midfielder has spent over a year out of action with a serious knee injury. But Diaby looks to be proving a point about his improving fitness with a stunning photoshoot, which shows off his strength, running power and agility in a series of brilliant photographs.

Rodgers learned from Mourinho... then added attacking flair. So, who will come out on top in the title clash?

Apprenticeship: Rodgers learned under Mourinho while a coach at Chelsea in the boss's first spell

The way Brendan Rodgers tells it, he sought out Jose Mourinho. The current Liverpool manager was a youth team coach at Reading when he applied to join Mourinho's staff at Chelsea in 2004.

Mourinho has had six weeks to forget but Liverpool should still fear his 'weak' Chelsea that will visit Anfield

Clever: Jose Mourinho could still mastermind Liverpool's downfall when they meet Chelsea on Sunday

MATT BARLOW: Six weeks of shame are set to culminate on Sunday at Liverpool, scene of what Jose Mourinho regards as one of the greatest injustices.

Rangers must raise £30m after wasting most of their cash reserves

Problems: Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace says the club have mismanaged most of their cash reserves in a new report

Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace's 120-day review into the club's finances claims the Ibrox outfit have 'mismanaged almost all of their cash reserves'.

Suarez thinks Liverpool's title push is 'unbelievable' as they spend far less

Underdogs: Luis Suarez has said that it is unbelievable that Liverpool can beat others to win the title

Liverpool's talisman Luis Suarez has said it would be a huge achievement to win the Premier League title over sides with much more resources.

How Fabien Barthez has inspired a tiny village side with a population of just 650 to reach the French second division

Fabien Barthez: From World Cup winner to inspiring village side Luzenac to the French second tier (with just 650 inhabitants)

GERARD BRAND: Your local team has just been promoted to the second division. Big deal. But when you only have 649 people to share the experience with, it IS big.

Boys from Brazil: Chelsea and Spurs stars unite for Luiz's birthday bash

Samba Boys: Paulinho, Willian, Ramires, Oscar and Heurelho Gomes turned out for David Luiz's birthday

Chelsea and Spurs stars put rivalries to one side for David Luiz's birthday bash on Thursday night.

Inquiry launched into Wikipedia slurs on Hillsborough disaster from Government computers

Tragedy: Supporters are crushed against the barrier as disaster strikes before the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough in Sheffield on April 15, 1989

Computers in Whitehall were used to make insulting alterations to Wikipedia entries about the Hillsborough disaster, it emerged on Thursday.

Terry may be fit to return for Chelsea in second leg against Atletico Madrid

Ashen-faced: Terry was stretchered off... but could make a miraculous return

NEIL ASHTON: John Terry is refusing to give up hope of making a remarkable comeback for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg.

EXCLUSIVE: Dropping from the top flight costs £20m... and don't expect to come back

the startling cost of relegation from Premier League

The nightmare implications of relegation from the Premier League this season are revealed as Sportsmail details the precise cost of dropping from the elite.

MARTIN KEOWN: Secrets of Rodgers' Reds revealed... and how Blues can stifle Sterling


Liverpool have been playing the most exciting football in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, but what are they doing right and can Chelsea stop the red machine at Anfield on Sunday?

Gerrard is guiding Liverpool to the Premier League trophy but he has already lifted the title... for Everton!

True Blue? Steven Gerrard was dressed in Everton kit after winning a competition in 1987

His blood may run the deepest shade of red, but this was the day young Steven Gerrard got his hands on the Championship trophy and made his Liverpool-loving parents feel oh, so blue.

Wilkinson will be a great coach, says Toulon team-mate Hayman

Rugby brain: Jonny Wilkinson will be a great coach in the future, according to team-mate Carl Hayman

Jonny Wilkinson boasts the natural instincts to launch a stellar coaching career, according to Toulon team-mate Carl Hayman.

Chelsea will back Mourinho for now... despite rebel manager's behaviour

Who you gonna call? Jose Mourinho's has been backed by the Chelsea top brass despite his recent antics

CHARLES SALE: How much longer can the Chelsea hierarchy continue to endorse the desperate behaviour of manager Jose Mourinho?

Sherwood tells Spurs men to respect Adam in pre-match handshake

On the ball: Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam is set for a handshake snub from Tottenham players on Saturday

Tim Sherwood has told his Tottenham players to respect Charlie Adam in the pre-match handshake before Saturday's clash at Stoke.

Ben Arfa targeted by Roma after Newcastle lose patience with star

Maverick: Ben Arfa (left) is a match-winner but has done it infrequently this season

Hatem Ben Arfa is an £8million target for Serie A side Roma. The forward is out of contract at Newcastle next summer and the club could cash in.

Photos of Lampard and Mourinho were used in Mafia murder case to 'prove' godfathers were not at scene of crime

Mourinho and Lampard

Photographs of Jose Mourinho, Frank Lampard and other former Chelsea players have been used as evidence in a mafia murder trial in Naples.

EXCLUSIVE: Delph: We understand the fans' frustration... it's been a tough season

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph: We've been so bad I'd be booing myself

It has been an ugly few weeks for Aston Villa. Four consecutive defeats sucked the club back into a relegation scrap and enraged supporters are beginning to call for Paul Lambert's head.

Ramires banned for the rest of the season after accepting FA charge

Slap: Chelsea midfielder Ramires could face disciplinary action after slapping Sebastian Larsson in the face

Chelsea midfielder Ramires will serve a four-game ban after the Blues accepted an FA charge of violent conduct following a clash with Sebastian Larsson.

Azpilicueta set for Chelsea contract extension and £70,000-a-week

Future team-mates? Cesar Azpilicueta (left) is due for a new deal at Chelsea, who are courting Diego Costa

SAMI MOKBEL: Cesar Azpilicueta will be rewarded for his excellent season with a new contract. The Spaniard has kept Ashley Cole out of the Chelsea team.

Neymar, Messi and Ronaldo go missing in Brazil as crooks make off with haul of 300,000 Panini stickers

Raid: Thieves made off with 300,000 adhesive stickers featuring players who will appear in the World Cup finals in Brazil

Avid World Cup sticker collectors in Rio de Janeiro were given a shock this week when a van carrying hundreds of thousands of Panini stickers was stolen.

Don't mess with Louis! I was chucked out of my hotel by two bouncers... all because 'Mr Van Gaal says you can't stay here'


IAN LADYMAN: Many people ask why Manchester United bothered overlooking Jose Mourinho a year ago if they are now going to bring in someone with many of the same traits.

Wabara in demand as Birmingham eye up former Man City youngster

Snapped up: Birmingham boss Lee Clark wants to sign Reece Wabara (right), in action for Doncaster

Birmingham City plan to sign former Manchester City youngster Reece Wabara on a free transfer this summer.

Liverpool were seconds from ruin four years ago, admits director Ayre

Issues: Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre has revealed the club were in desperate trouble

Ian Ayre has given Liverpool's title challenge new context by admitting the club were 'seconds' from financial disaster four years ago.

Ready for another wild weekend? Liverpool bid for the title, Giggs starts on path to being boss... and trouble at the bottom

Something for the Weekend preview

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND:Teams will be promoted this weekend, some will make it into the play-offs, others will miss out and a few will be relegated. It's a brutal cut to the chase; win or lose, stand or fall, succeed or fail.



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Scholes may be coaching with Giggs again, but he's got his very own title decider next week!

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes is set for his very own title decider next week - just a day after being reintegrated into Manchester United. He will play for his local eight-a-side team in a crunch match next week.

We walked in here together when we were aged 12... to be here again is a very proud moment, admits Butt

Integral: Butt has taken on an assisting role under new interim manager Ryan Giggs at Carrington

Nicky Butt has revealed the pride he, Ryan Giggs and Phil Neville will feel when they lead Manchester United from the dugout in the clash with Norwich.

Adams aiming to get one over on Giggs again... two decades on

Escape attempt: Neil Adams has been entrusted with the task of guiding Norwich City out of the Premier League relegation zone

Norwich manager Neil Adams once scored a winning goal against a Manchester United side containing Ryan Giggs.

Meet the Old Trafford powerbrokers tasked with the key decisions

Holding the keys: Ed Woodward (left) and Group Managing Director Richard Arnold watch the defeat at Everton

Sportsmail looks into the background of United's executive vice-chairman Edward Woodward and the rest of the power brokers at Old Trafford.

Fergie followed Van Gaal's blueprint of trusting kids to deliver... will the Dutchman plan the same at United?

Head to Head: Sir Alex Ferguson and Louis van Gaal go up against each other in the Champions League

Just like Sir Alex, the veteran Dutch manager will look to bring through youth at Old Trafford, as he did previously at Ajax and Bayern Munich.

Giggs and Scholes should be given chance to boss United, insists Zidane

Make a mark: United fans would love to see Giggs get the job is he impresses in the final four games

Zinedine Zidane insists Ryan Giggs should be given a chance as Manchester United manager because he knows the club better than any other candidate.

Giggs tried to halt Moyes' punishment for Welbeck, Young and Cleverley

Welbeck night out

CHRIS WHEELER: Ryan Giggs tried to steer David Moyes away from the rocks even as the Manchester United manager's doomed reign started to end.

Meet the NEW Luis Suarez... Liverpool ace goes from Kop idol to rock n roll hero

The Liverpool striker gives the leather jacket and shades look a run as the star of a new Pepsi commercial with the tagline, 'Born to be wild'.

Maradona still loving life in the fast lane as Argentina idol goes go karting in Dubai

Ready to go: Diego Maradona introduces himself before taking to the track in a go kart

Diego Maradona used to skip past opponents with a drop of his shoulder and a burst of pace. These days he's whizzing past people in a go kart.

Sevilla 2-0 Valencia: Liverpool target Rakitic stars in Europa League semi

Breathing space: Carlos Bacca celebrates with team-mate Ivan Rakitic after putting Sevilla 2-0 up

Ivan Rakitic starred as Sevilla took a step towards the final with a first-leg win over Spanish rivals Valencia.

Why is Podolski chilling out on his own in a tent wearing his full Arsenal kit?


Arsenal stars Carl Jenkinson and Lukas Podolski showed their true colours when they pitched up to lend their support to a fans' initiative on Thursday.

TRANSFER COLUMN: Lavezzi chased by Chelsea... and Man United risk losing another young star in Keane

Ezequiel Lavezzi chased by Chelsea... and Manchester United may lose another young star as Will Keane looks to leave

Chelsea are keen to speak to Paris St Germain about Ezequiel Lavezzi. The 28-year-old Argentine's representatives were in London early this month.

Chambers wanted by Arsenal as Wenger plans for long-serving Sagna's departure this summer

Wanted man: Arsenal are interested in signing Southampton right-back Calum Chambers this summer

SAMI MOKBEL: Arsenal are considering a summer move for Southampton defender Calum Chambers to replace the departing Bacary Sagna.

I'd never take a selfie on the pitch like Szczesny, claims Spurs ace Townsend

Not impressed: Tottenham winger Andros Townsend believes there's no place for on-pitch selfies in football

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has criticised Wojciech Szczesny's decision to take a selfie on the White Hart Lane pitch.

Lambert relaxed over Aston Villa future with Lerner to address sale rumours after season ends

Relaxed: Paul Lambert says he has no concerns over his future

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he is relaxed about the club's current situation and has stressed he 'fully intends' to remain as manager.

Klopp says there are '1,000 reasons' why he's staying at Dortmund and ruling himself out of United running

Staying put: Jurgen Klopp has pledged his future to Borussia Dortmund and will not join Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of contention to become the next manager of Manchester United.

Jagielka will be fit for the World Cup, insists Everton manager Martinez

No hurry: Everton captain Phil Jagielka won't be rushed back into action despite a defensive shortage

Roberto Martinez insists Phil Jagielka will be fit for the World Cup after he revealed Everton and FA have held discussions on the defender's rehabilitation.

Meet Eva Carneiro, the Chelsea medic (and Real Madrid fan) who is the busiest doctor in football


Chelsea first-team doctor Eva Carneiro was born in Gibraltar to a Spanish father and English mother. She studied medicine at Nottingham University before working in emergency surgery in the Highlands.

Laughing all the way to the title: Liverpool stars count down to Anfield decider

Liverpool all smiles ahead of Chelsea clash

Liverpool's players clearly aren't nervous about their potential title decider against Chelsea on Sunday. Manager Brendan Rodgers put his side through their paces, and was in a light-hearted mood, seen joking with captain Steven Gerrard.

Holden reveals he used first pay packet to fund dad's cancer treatment

Generous: Stuart Holden, pictured as a Houston Dynamo player in 2006, gave his first wage packed to his father to fund his cancer treatment

When a young footballer receives his first wage packet, you would expect them to treat themselves to something nice and maybe expensive.

Rangers and Scotland legend Jardine dies aged 65 after losing cancer battle

Gone but not forgotten: Sandy Jardine has died at the age of 65

Rangers were plunged into mourning on Thursday night after legendary defender Sandy Jardine died following an 18-month battle with cancer.

Webb was spot on! Muller admits referee was right not to give penalty

Penalty appeal: Thomas Muller is incandescant with rage after his collision with Xabi Alonso went unpunished

Howard Webb has received an unusual endorsement from Bayern's Thomas Muller, who admitted the referee was right to reject his screams for a penalty.

Vilanova in serious condition as ex-Barca boss battles throat cancer

Ill health: Former Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has been battling throat cancer for several years

Former Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is said to be in a serious condition in a clinic. The 45-year-old was taken to the emergency room on Thursday.

Benfica 2-1 Juve: Lima grabs winner but Tevez keeps Italians in it

Winner, winner: Lima celebrates after scoring Benfica's winner against Juventus in their semi-final clash

Lima's late strike put Benfica in pole position to reach the Europa League final after an entertaining clash with Italian giants Juventus.

City relief as Platini says NO clubs will be thrown out of Europe over FFP

Boost: Platini says nobody will be thrown out of Euro competition if they break FFP rules

No clubs will be kicked out of European competition next season for breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA president Michel Platini has confirmed.

'Confident' Bernie cracks joke in court as bribery trial begins in Munich

In court: Bernie Ecclestone, (centre) with his lawyers at the start of his bribery trial on Thursday

Bernie Ecclestone insisted that he remains 'confident' as he arrived in court in Munich for the start of his bribery trial, which could see him jailed for 10 years.

Button says Chinese GP was painful after finishing outside of the points

Tough day at the office: Jenson Button finished outside of the top 10 after a disappointing display in Shanghai

Jenson Button is hoping the start of Formula One's European season next month will bring an end to the pain he is currently enduring.

Vettel receives Horner backing despite ignoring Red Bull team orders

Tough day at the office: The reigning world champion has endured a difficult weekend in China

Christian Horner has refused to chastise four-time champion Sebastian Vettel for initially disobeying team orders during the Chinese Grand Prix.

Horner hits back at McLaren chief Dennis over Red Bull allegations


Red Bull chief Christian Horner has hit back at McLaren boss Ron Dennis for questioning his organisation's integrity in a dispute over an employee.

Bugattis, bikes and beautiful women: Watch footage from Mayweather's training camp

Floyd Mayweather provided an insight into his crazy training regime for his upcoming fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas. The 37-year-old went for a bike ride flanked by two Bugatti Veyrons, worth in the region of £1million each, as he looks to extend his undefeated record.

Watch the moment Klitschko is challenged by US veteran during press conference

Fight! American Shannon Briggs tried to reach Wladimir Klitschko during the Ukrainian's press conference

There was pandemonium in Wladimir Klitschko's press conference on Tuesday when veteran American Shannon Briggs turned up. The Ukrainian heavyweight champion is due to fight Samoan Alex Leapai on Saturday night but Briggs shouted to him that he was only target practice.

Silent treatment: Khan stops talking about Mayweather to focus on Collazo

Down but not out: Khan put Maidana on the canvas with a lethal body shot but the Argentinian got up and fought on

JEFF POWELL: Amir Khan is stopping talking about Floyd Mayweather to concentrate on out-shining the world's No1 pound-for-pound boxer.

Taking on Klitschko won't even be my hardest fight, roars confident Leapai

Hard hitting: Alex Leapai believes he has the power to inflict defeat on Wladimir Klitschko in Germany

Alex Leapai is confident he can end Wladimir Klitschko's reign as world champion - and that it won't even be his hardest night's work.

Tyson reveals he had $2m tax debt forgiven as Holyfield admits woes too

Evander Holyfield (left) and Mike Tyson (right), seen together on Saturday, both told about how they struggled with the financial windfall of their success

Mike Tyson has a new-found respect for the IRS after revealing that they forgave some of his owed back taxes - while Evander Holyfield had woes too.

Freaky Froome shows off his lean legs in training

Ripped: Chris Froome showed off his athletic legs in this snap ahead of the Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Chris Froome is clearly in top-notch condition for the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. Team Sky took to their offical Twitter to post a picture of his legs in training for 'La Doyenne.'

Yankees pitcher Pineda handed 10 game ban for using pine tar to grip ball

Controversy: A TV grab of home plate umpire Gerry Davis touching the neck of New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda

New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for using pine tar to help him grip the ball.

Phelps marks comeback by posting fastest qualifying time in Arizona

Comeback: Michael Phelps set the fastest time in the 100m butterfly heats

Michael Phelps made an ominous start in his comeback to competitive swimming on Thursday, setting the fastest time in the 100 metres butterfly heats.

Quiros and Dyson blaze into early lead in China... but Poulter is lurking

Ian Poulter

Alvaro Quiros and Simon Dyson share the lead following the opening round of the Volvo China Open at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen.

Nadal outclasses Dodig to reach quarter-finals of the Barcelona Open

The smile that says success: Rafael Nadal saw off Ivan Dodig in straight sets

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal looked more like his confident self on the clay in passing Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-3, to reach the Barcelona Open quarter-finals.

Tiger set to return this summer after resuming 'light chipping and putting'

On the mend: Woods, who underwent back surgery last month, has now started light chipping and putting according to his agent Mark Steinberg

DEREK LAWRENSON: Tiger Woods has resumed 'light chipping and putting' and is still on course to return to the game as scheduled this summer.

Cook hits second successive County Championship ton in Essex draw

Centurion: Alastair Cook scored another early-season century for Essex

England captain Alastair Cook hit his second LV= County Championship century of the season as Essex batted out a draw with Surrey at The Kia Oval.

Armitage eyes England recall after Lancaster visits Toulon

Club class: Steffon Armitage has impressed for Toulon this season

Steffon Armitage has been encouraged to believe that he has an outside chance of earning an England recall after Stuart Lancaster visited Toulon.

CHRIS FOY: All Blacks should remember players they've nicked from Pacific Islands

Angry: New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen (right) has criticised players for moving nationalities

CHRIS FOY'S WORLD OF RUGBY: Put aside the holes in his argument and consider the language Steve Hansen used to express his frustration about potential future All Blacks opting to move abroad to pursue their Test ambitions.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Rodgers is flying the flag for British bosses - without him, no homegrown coach would get top job again

Up and down: Brendan Rodgers is on the verge of the title while David Moyes (inset) has been sacked

CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: Brendan Rodgers to the rescue. Again. It will be an act of sheer ingratitude if the League Managers' Association do not make him Manager of the Year now. Without Rodgers, where would British coaches stand following the dismissal of David Moyes?

GRAHAM POLL: Mourinho must learn how to lose... and FA must punish raging right-hand man Faria for sour antics

GRAHAM POLL: Immature Jose Mourinho must learn how to lose

It was a penalty, there is no conspiracy theory and Jose Mourinho is finally being seen for what he is; an excellent coach who is a graceless and immature man who needs to learn how to lose.

NASSER HUSSAIN: Moores deserves to be back but this is not his team, it's Cook's and captain must have guts

Partnership: Alastair Cook and Peter Moores will lead England

I believe Peter Moores deserves his second chance as coach of England. I know his first stint didn't go that well, but he was walking into trouble.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Why Southampton can't sign Benteke, Van Persie and Terry and instead must sell, sell, sell

Southamton must sell and not buy

Southampton are a selling club. They produce elite standard players and sell them on. Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain...

JAMIE CARRAGHER: Don't attack Pardew for Newcastle failings, he's doing a good job at St James'

Under pressure: Alan Pardew has been the subject of intense criticism from Newcastle fans and local media

Nobody could ever accuse North East football of lacking emotion but that is a hindrance and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was right.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Jose Mourinho should never have let Ramires off the hook after Aston Villa tackle

Disgrace: Mourino should have come down hard on his Chelsea teams indiscipline after this Ramires tackle

Jose Mourinho had the opportunity to address the growing air of confrontation and indiscipline around Chelsea more than a month ago.

ADRIAN DURHAM: Dyche has done a better job than Jose... Burnley play good football and he doesn't moan

Fantastic: Dyche has his team playing an attacking brand of football that isn't matched by Mourinho's Chelsea

I was at Turf Moor to see Burnley secure promotion, and when the home fans voiced their admiration for Sean Dyche, they sang: 'Ginger Mourinho.'

Moyes was a disaster... now United must be aiming for Jose or Pep

The best: Mourinho (right) and Guardiola should be approached to replace Moyes (inset)

NEIL ASHTON: Manchester United's next manager must be a man of immense pedigree, standing and stature. David Moyes was none of those things.

Liverpool v Chelsea classic pictures: Busby and Paisley playing, Clive Walker turning it on and a memorable goal from King Kenny

The way we were: Peter Bonetti's desperate dive

Ahead of this weekend's Premier League showdown between Liverpool and Chelsea, our picture feature Golden Years focuses on past matches between the clubs. Our photographs span the decades, and take in great players and memorable moments. Nick Metcalfe has once again been searching the archives.

With United in crisis and Chelsea and City nursing injuries, the perfect path is opening up for Liverpool

Liverpool's rivals continue to suffer as everything falls into place for title win... how this week has been perfect for the Reds

While Steven Gerrard and Co focus on winning the three remaining Premier League games that will bring them a first title since 1990, their rivals suffer.

BLOG FROM BRAZIL: A tour of England's base... and more magic from Fred and Riquelme

BLOG FROM BRAZIL: A tour of England's World Cup base and more South American magic from Fred and Riquelme

Joe Callaghan brings us the latest news and views from South America and provides a flavour of exactly how the World Cup in Brazil is shaping up.

FRANK McPARLAND: I'm proud to have played a part in Sterling's career but the glory will be all his

Raheem Sterling, coached by Frank McParland at Liverpool

FOOTBALLERS' FOOTBALL COLUMN: Frank McParland was instrumental in bringing Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan through.

THE TOP SPIN: Pietersen's gag about Moores sums up the gamble the ECB have taken

All smiles! Lancashire's Peter Moores was appointed the new England coach, succeeding Andy Flower

'Everyone deserves a 2nd chance!' tweeted Kevin Pietersen on Saturday morning, after news broke of Peter Moores's reappointment.


Good and bad: Keane lifting trophies, driving on against Juve, squaring up to Vieira and walking the dog