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(...)

Chris Smalling stretches to steer home Manchester United’s winner against  VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters I

GROUP B: MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Mata 34pen, Smalling 53) VFL WOLFSBURG 1 (Caligiuri 4) For a while, Manchester United briefly threatened to add(...)

Brendan Rodgers’ analytical approach to the game can sometimes get in the way of what he actually wants to build at Liverpool. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/Getty Images

On Saturday, Liverpool beat Aston Villa thanks to two brilliant goals by Daniel Sturridge. ‘It is not rocket science,” Brendan Rodgers said. “The las(...)

Alex Ferguson: “One of the pupils at Harvard said to me, ‘What do you know now that you wish you’d known 30 years ago?’ - and it’s communication. When I was younger I wanted to rule the world and do everything.”

When Sir Alex Ferguson became a professional footballer in the early 1960s, he earned £16 a week (£300 in today’s money) in a sport that was a solid (...)

As a player Roy Keane came to owe Alex Ferguson a lot but there was a time when the Scot would have readily acknowledged  the scale of the repayment made. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The Roy Keane parody account on Twitter has been quiet of late and whoever is behind it continued to lay low yesterday. What with the Cork man claim(...)

Alex Ferguson wanted neither David Moyes nor Louis van Gaal to replace him. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Alex Ferguson has revealed that David Moyes, the man chosen as his managerial successor at Manchester United, was sixth on a list of ideal replacemen(...)

Anthony Martial opens his Manchester United goalscoring account as he beats Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

In his comments on Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick strengthened the sense of what strange times these are at Manchester United. Martial made an ex(...)

Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates scoring in the 90th minute to secure a 1-0 win  against Crystal Palace. Photograph:  EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga

It was an ending that could have been plucked out of the Manchester United playbook – well, when Alex Ferguson was their manager and they were renown(...)

Manchester United’s French striker Anthony Martial celebrates scoring their third goal at Old Trafford. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand is worried Manchester City are much closer to winning silverware this season than Louis van Gaal’s s(...)

Louis van Gaal:  had his eyes on Barcelona’s Neymar and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale but failed to sign them. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Louis van Gaal’s splurge in the transfer market is over with the Dutchman having brought in 12 new players for more than £250 million (€340 million) (...)