The 1978 First Division Champions and League Cup winners Nottingham Forest line up with their trophies, together with members of the local police constabulary who were placed in charge of the cups by Forest Manager Brian Clough (front row, far left). Photo: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

We all know the possible narrative at this stage – Leicester City hold onto their six point lead at the top of the Premier League table over the next (...)

Manchester City feel they beat their rivals to the signature of Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Manchester City believe they beat Manchester United and Chelsea to the hiring of Pep Guardiola, with the Spaniard receiving eleventh hour “overtures” (...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal speaks at a press conference ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth round tie with Derby County. Photo: Matthew Peters/ Getty Images

The Manchester United managerial circus pitches its tent in Derby on Friday night for an FA Cup fourth round tie that Louis van Gaal recognises could (...)

Louis van Gaal: The Dutchman returned to the Netherlands on Sunday but is due back for first-team training today. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Louis van Gaal offered to resign as the Manchester United manager on Saturday following the dismal home defeat by Southampton but Ed Woodward, the ex(...)

Empty spaces evident at Thomond Park as Ian Keatley attempts a conversion against Stade Francais last week. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Arnold Schwarzenegger claims that “legends are not born”. The Austrian should know; as a professional bodybuilder and winner of Mr Universe at 20 alo(...)

Manchester United’s manager Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

This opinion lark doesn’t require much besides the conceit that you’re right about everything. Since everyone instinctively believes that about themse(...)

iverpool’s manager Juergen Klopp reacts during the match against Arsenal. Photograph: EPA

Jurgen Klopp has described Alex Ferguson as the “John Lennon of football” and arguably the greatest manager the game has seen ahead of his first encou(...)

Newcastle United left back Paul Dummett scores the late equaliser in the Premier League game against Manchester United at   St James’ Park. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Newcastle United 3 Manchester United 3 There were moments when he looked slightly smug. At other times he seemed deeply frustrated and, occasionally,(...)

Wayne Rooney fires home a penalty in injury time as Manchester United beat Sheffield United 1-0 in the FA Cup third-round match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Manchester United 1 Sheffield United 0 Wayne Rooney scored an injury-time penalty against Sheffield United to spare Louis van Gaal’s blushes and send(...)

Real Madrid’s new French coach Zinedine Zidane. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel sympathy for Rafa Benítez this week: as if receiving the most unceremoniously crude axe imaginable fro(...)