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(...)

Robin van Persie admitted he and his Manchester United team-mates were given a lift with seeing some of top Premier League sides exit the FA Cup on Saturday. Photograph:   Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Robin van Persie admits he has no idea whether he will sign a contract extension at Manchester United.Van Persie enjoyed a successful World Cup with t(...)

It is clear that referee Alan Wilkie’s regulation Umbro shorts are at least two inches too short, as if they have shrunk in the machine. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/AllSport

The infamous three minutes of footage from what should have been another poxy and soon-forgotten 1-1 English league match is like the Zapruder film of(...)

Angel Di Maria slips past QPR’S Charlie Austin during their Premier League match at Loftus Road last week, the Manchester United midfielder was played as a striker by Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters.

Louis van Gaal has come out fighting over supporters’ criticism of his 3-5-2 formation, accepting that the players might be more comfortable with 4-4(...)

Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger watches from the touchline during his side’s victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Photograph: AFP

This season has been a fun season for Sam Allardyce and, as usual when things are going well for him, explaining the secrets of his success is half th(...)