Wayne Rooney doesn’t give the impression he cherishes anybody’s shade. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Quite apart from the jaw-dropping audacity of the goal, and the electric charge it gave the World Cup on day two in Brazil last summer as the Netherl(...)

Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring the second goal for Manchester United. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters

Most of the things football managers say about their supporters can be categorised as lip-service. When Louis van Gaal thanked the home supporters at (...)

Wayne Rooney scores a memorable goal from an overhead kick during the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in February, 2011. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

This was not in the Sheikh Mansour masterplan when he bought Manchester City in 2008. At least, not so soon. A £1bn-plus investment in the club had yi(...)

Glenn Murray celebrates after scoring the first goal for Crystal Palace as Manchester City’s Joe Hart appeals for offside recently. Photograph: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

We are approaching, as Alex Ferguson once charmingly described it, the nerve wracking “squeaky bum time” of the English football season. Half the Iris(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal after his side’s victory at Anfield. The Dutchman is concentrating on the Aston Villa match rather than next week’s derby. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Louis Van Gaal believes Manchester United have Manchester City in their sights and is confident that overhauling the champions to finish in second pla(...)

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(...)