Detail from ‘Waltzers’ by Jack Vettriano: it is expected to go for £200,000- £300,000 at Bonhams auction next week

The Scottish self-taught painter Jack Vettriano (63) is one of Britain’s most successful artists. His most famous painting, The Singing Butler (1992) (...)

Denis O’Brien surely had plenty on his mind as he joined Alex Ferguson in the directors’ box at Old Trafford last Sunday for Manchester United’s demol(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal: football now merely a part of the bigger equation that is commercial success at Old Trafford. Photo:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

It had threatened to be a bad weekend for Wayne Rooney, but then it all turned out rather well. After 34 minutes, he seized on Nabil Bentaleb’s mispla(...)

Billy Bremner with Leeds United manager Don Revie at Wembley for the 1973 FA Cup Final against Sunderland.  Photo: Getty

Second-hand bookshops don’t get the praise they deserve. These are places of small treasures and large pleasures and in one a few weeks ago – Barter B(...)

Manuel Pellegrini: “I don’t feel any pressure, especially from the media. I feel pressure only when I don’t see my team playing the way I want them to.” Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

One of the strangest things perhaps, after all the expenditure and all the grand plans, is the amount of time – and the total number of days might su(...)

Roy Keane and Alex Ferguson shared a plane home from Paris on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Getty Images

For the passengers on flight AF1068, departing from Charles de Gaulle airport at 12.55pm, it was probably one of those occasions when Roy Keane mig(...)

Ireland assistant coach Les Kiss has been in here for seven years and will extend his stay when he becomes director of rugby at Ulster after the World Cup in November. photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

To put it in Australian parlance: “Seven years? Bloody hell’. It’s incredible to think that this is Les Kiss’ seventh season on the Irish coaching tic(...)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has said the current side are miserable to watch under Louis Van Gaal. (Phorograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has called some of the football his old club are playing under Louis van Gaal “miserable”.Despite Van(...)

Manchester United’s Daley Blind celebrates scoring against West Ham United yesterday evening. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

When Sam Allardyce branded Louis van Gaal’s team as “long-ball United” following Daley Blind’s late equaliser from a Marouane Fellaini knockdown, the (...)

Great expectations ahead of Six Nations and World Cup. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

When sports-betting’s your thing the sound of the Irish rugby balloon getting inflated by public expectation comes with the erotic hiss of potential e(...)