Watford’s Troy Deeney ends up in the net with the ball as his own goal gave United victory. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Alex Ferguson often said Manchester United liked to make life hard for themselves. They have mostly just been hard to watch during Louis van Gaal’s s(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “We have to score more goals  . . . but only one more than the opponent.” Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

For Manchester United, defence could prove the best way of mounting an attack on the Premier League title. After 12 games United have conceded (...)

Roy Keane has called Ashley Young “an absolute disgrace” for an apparent dive in Manchester United’s Champions League win over CSKA Moscow. Photograph: EPA

Roy Keane has called Ashley Young “an absolute disgrace” for an apparent dive in the Champions League match against CSKA Moscow. Young left his leg in(...)

Louis van Gaal is unlikely to change his ways to appease supporters frustrated at Manchester united’s current style of play. Photograph: PA

Amid all the rancour and frustration, it has almost seemed to go unnoticed during this jarring spell for Manchester United that Louis van Gaal’s team (...)

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney  has endured a poor season in front of goal. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images 1:43

In fairness to Louis van Gaal, amid all the scrutiny of his team’s performances and Wayne Rooney’s diminishing output, he was not being wildly disres(...)

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 21/9/2014Donegal vs KerryDonegal’s manager Jim McGuinnessMandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

It was near four in the morning when he got back to Glasgow after Celtic’s trip to Norway for their Europa League game with Molde, and then there w(...)

Anthony Martial scored Manchester United’s equalizer against Moscow in the Champions League during the week. Photograph: AP.

Eric Cantona, who has a good line on most things, had a good line on the Manchester derby. “The Blues and the Reds invade the streets, and if your (...)

Wayne Rooney turns 30 on Saturday, the day before the Manchester derby. Photograph: Reuters

As Manchester United cruised at 40,000 feet towards Russia and their encounter with CSKA Moscow, Wayne Rooney insisted his career will remain on its (...)

Paul O’Connell can deliver a speech and players ‘buy’ into it, while someone else employing exactly the same words might sound as convincing as Michael Ring. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Much of this World Cup has revolved around talk of leadership, to the extent that otherwise grown-up sensible people talk about rugby lessons translat(...)

Ireland coach joe Schmidt is expecting a combative encounter against France on Sunday. Photograph: Afp

This Gallic-Irish showdown has always been highlighted as the potentially defining game of both countries in this World Cup. Now it has suddenly loome(...)