The match fixtures are shown on a panel following the draw of the round of 16 soccer matches of the UEFA Champions League 2014/15 in Nyon, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The final is scheduled for June 6 at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. (AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe Bott)

This year’s draw for the knockout stage has thrown up some tantalising games, including Manchester City’s clash with Barcelona and a tough encounter (...)

Manchester City have been offered Monaco striker Radamel Falcao for around €70 million. Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Manchester City have been offered Monaco’s Radamel Falcao for around €70 million and are trying to make the deal happen within the constraints of Uefa(...)

Manchester United have agreed a fee believed to be €18 million for Ajax’s Danny Blind. Photograph:   Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Manchester United’s summer spending spree looks set to continue after they agreed a reported €18 million fee with Ajax for the transfer of Dutch int(...)

Daley Blind in action  for of Ajax, who say they would want an “absolute top price” for the versatile defender, who is said to interest Manchester United and his former manager with the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal is weighing up a move for Daley Blind, though Ajax insist the 24-year-old will be sold only for an “absolute top price” as the Manchest(...)

 Ajax Amsterdam player Daley Blind is believed to be a target of Manchester United. Photograph: Peter Lous / EPA

Ajax have told Manchester United they will not be able to sign Daley Blind on the cheap.The need for reinforcements at Old Trafford was laid bare in t(...)

  Angel di Maria of Argentina has joined Manchester United from Real Madrid in a  deal worth €75m.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Angel di Maria has been confirmed as a Manchester United player in a €75m British record transfer fee to take the club’s spending to €164m in the summ(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal (R) shakes hands with Robin Van Persie. But another Dutch player, Daley Blind maybe in the sights of the Manchester United boss. Photograph:  REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Daley Blind’s agent says Manchester United are yet to launch a bid to sign his client. Blind is understood to be on Louis van Gaal’s transfer shortlis(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has inherited a bit of a mess but he is the man to sort it out. As well as coaxing the best out of what he’s got, he is also committed to blooding young players. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Saturday. 12.45pm. Old Trafford will be graced by a true sporting great. Nope, not Maroune Fellaini, but Rory McIlroy, the world’s best golfer and a U(...)

 Louis van Gaal: well aware of Kevin Strrotman’s worth from  his time as manager of the Netherlands. Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Manager Rudi Garcia has ruled out the possibility of Kevin Strootman leaving Roma for Manchester United. United are understood to retain an interest i(...)

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and  assistant manager Ryan Giggs  at the club’s  Carrington training complex yesterday. Photograph:  John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

Louis van Gaal began his first official day as Manchester United manager yesterday by being briefed by his staff, Albert Stuivenberg, Marcel Bout and (...)