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# Looking Back

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"Fergie told me: ‘Why would you turn down United?'"
John Obi Mikel became embroiled in a tug-of-war back in 2005, with the Red Devils announcing a deal before missing out to the Blues
The forgotten story of Ireland's record-breaking hat-trick hero 50 years on
Dubliner Jimmy O’Connor scored Europe’s fastest ever officially verified hat-trick in a top-flight domestic league match.
'He was waiting for me at the top of the tunnel': Shearer on that Keane punch
‘He’s another one who I had some great battles with. He punched me in the face once, didn’t he?’
Anfield the scene of most Alex Ferguson 'hairdryer' rants - Gary Neville
The Sky Sports pundit says Manchester United’s clashes with Liverpool brought a change in the legendary manager.
Revealed: How Man United missed out on Gascoigne, Shearer, Zidane and Lineker
Alex Ferguson oversaw a remarkable era of success at Old Trafford, but he might have achieved even more had these stars not slipped the transfer net.
'You went out and you played, you got injected and then you played again'
Martin O’Neill says modern football has moved on considerably in terms of medical treatment compared with his heyday as a player.
15 games, 15 wins, 3 titles: A remarkable year for unbeaten All-Ireland champions Tipperary
The Mary Quinn Memorial Cup, Munster intermediate title and Division 3 trophy will spend the winter in the Premier county.
I told Rafa that Barry couldn’t replace Alonso at Liverpool – Gerrard
The club icon has recalled how the England midfielder was initially earmarked as the replacement to the Spain great
Man United defender 'wasn't strong enough' for Birmingham
Gary Rowett admits his staff made a mistake when assessing the merits of Victor Lindelof.
'It’s still raw, hugely disappointing' - Coping with Waterford's All-Ireland setback
Captain Kevin Moran on the loss to Galway and the future of his manager.
'Something just hit me on the shoulder - I looked down and it was an open flick knife'
Kevin Kilbane remembers playing Georgia amid a hostile atmosphere in 2003.
Neymar stays tweet a bluff, admits Pique
The defender seemed to suggest the Brazilian superstar would not leave Barcelona.
Tracing the marginalisation of Irish players in the Premier League
We assess the fortunes of Ireland’s footballers in England’s top flight over the past 25 years.
Rory McIlroy meets Pep and more of our favourite sports pics from the past week
We review a busy few days of action via a series of memorable images.
'Marcus Rashford wanted to be like Andrea Pirlo'
Ex-Red Devils youth team coach Paul McGuinness claims the club helped to convert the teenager from a playmaker into a striker.
I didn't want to leave Real Madrid - Ronaldo
Rows with Fabio Capello about his weight led to Brazilian striker feeling forced to leave.
David Luiz 'took a risk and a pay cut' to return to Chelsea
The Blues defender says he was happy to return to Stamford Bridge because he doesn’t “like the easy life”.
Best player? Worst signing? Our writers review the 2016-17 Premier League season
Has Mourinho done a good job at United? The most enjoyable team to watch? Here’s what we think.
Celta inspired by Bilbao's 2012 victory over Man United
The Red Devils have the upper hand ahead of Thursday’s second leg, having won last week’s first leg 1-0.
‘Nutsy said: I don’t think Luque will be travelling - Real Madrid put in an £18m bid for him’
Owen Heary chats to The42 about facing Deportivo in the Champions League and his career in the League of Ireland.
'It's a place we'll never forget': Pat Lam reflects on his time with Connacht
The Connacht head coach guided the province to Pro12 glory last year.
100 Days of Trump: 'There has been a great betrayal of vulnerable voters'
Politically, the frenetic, unpredictable approach of the Trump administration has engendered one unnecessary nightmare after another, writes Larry Donnelly.
Quiz: How well do you remember the GAA football league campaign that just finished?
Well, that was entertaining.
The story behind one of sport's biggest scandals
Jamie Reid chats to The42 about his acclaimed book on gangsters, horse-racing and doping.
'He wouldn’t have made the Ireland U15 team - I was always astonished by that'
Daryl Horgan’s former youth coach Pete Kelly remembers his early days with Salthill Devon.
McGuinness on his IRA past: 'I fought against the British Army on the streets of Derry'
“I have never tried to pull the wool over people’s eyes about my history,” he said in a 2015 interview.
'I have loads of different pictures of the goal, paintings and all sorts'
Irish Senior Player of the Year Robbie Brady insists he’ll never get sick of watching his famous header against Italy.
Much more than Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle: the Irish history in Major League Soccer
From Paul Keegan to Chris McCann and everyone in between.
'I cried when I left Chelsea' - Damien Duff airs Stamford Bridge regret
The ex- Ireland international admits he departed the Blues at the wrong time and says he had several opportunities to join Liverpool.
'We couldn't afford to lose a third All-Ireland' - Galway legend reflects on famous win in stirring video
Pete Finnerty looks back at a huge day in sport for the county.
'The game in Croke Park made normal Ireland-England Tests look like a garden fete'
Ten years on from England’s historic visit to GAA HQ, BBC presenter John Inverdale and Rob Kitson of the Guardian share their memories.
'I asked about Van Dijk but Liverpool said no'
Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool originally passed up on the chance to sign the in-demand defender.
Beckham: Man United humiliated me, but there was no abuse
The former academy graduate insists the only negative experiences he had at the Old Trafford club were character-building ones.
Graham Taylor, tabloid target and England statesman
His failure to steer the Three Lions to the 1994 World Cup meant his tenure ended amid acrimony.
Kenny Cunningham recalls the day he realised that Gaelic football wasn't for him
It could have been so different for the former Premier League player.
'I was like a ghost' - Hazard reflects on Chelsea struggles in 2015-16
The Belgian forward admits he wants ‘to be the best again’ after enduring a tough time.
'He was my dad... But he was also a brilliant footballer'
Mick Channon Jr recalls his father’s playing days in this extract from his recently released book.
Blood, sweat and tears in the UFC and elsewhere: The MMA year in pictures
Take a look back through the highs and lows of 2016.
Fiona Doyle: To know that you're being beaten by drug cheats is heartbreaking
The Irish swimmer reflects on an eventful 12 months in which she finally fulfilled her childhood dream of competing at the Olympics.
Lotto wins, election votes and Olympic medals - it's the YEAR in numbers
From celebrity deaths, to centenary commemorations – 2016 was certainly a year to remember (or forget).