Manchester United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal:  his side face an important home clash against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

As a boy in the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal was seduced by Tottenham Hotspur’s white shirts, by the club’s double-winning campaign of 1961 and by the(...)

Premium branding? Ukip’s Nigel Farage takes part in a Paddy Power campaign during the Ryder Cup

Puerile Paddy Power plans to remain an “edgy” brand, according to the bookmaker’s new chief executive, Andy McCue. Will it ever grow up? I reckon the (...)

Liverpool’s Emre Can (left) has developed into a top Premier League performer since his move from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: PA.

“People want instant results and players get criticised immediately but we always knew it would take time.” Brendan Rodgers’s barbed comment was aimed(...)

Louis van Gaal: a developmental technocrat whose proudest boast has always been that he knows how to get the best out of young players. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

After Louis van Gaal’s appointment as the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of approval, it wa(...)

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 (...)

Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United is closed down by Leicester players during the Premier League match between the sides at Old Trafford on January 31st. Photograph: Getty Images

Adnan Januzaj awoke on Thursday to his 20th birthday, though any celebrations may have been tempered with doubt when contemplating his Manchester Unit(...)

In-form Neymar is challenged by Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Lionel Messi struck the winner for Barcelona as they twice came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 at home and move a point behind leaders Real Madrid(...)

Robin van Persie of Manchester United shoots at goal under pressure from Josh Coulson of Cambridge United during the FA Cup fourth-round match  at The  Abbey Stadium. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Cambridge United 0 Manchester United 0One has to wonder what the reception to this performance would have been were David Moyes still in charge of Man(...)

David Moyes was sent to the stands and shared crisps with fans during Real Sociedad’s 2-2 home draw with Villarreal which saw them crash out of the Copa Del Rey. (Photograph: EPA/Gorka Estrada)

David Moyes enjoyed a crisp as Real Sociedad crashed out of the Copa del Rey following a 2-2 home draw against Villarreal. Moyes, unhappy that a numbe(...)

Ronald Koeman, manager of Southampton, applauds the fans following victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty

Ronald Koeman believes spirit and organisation can allow Southampton to make history by securing a Champions League place for the first time after a (...)