Everton’s James McCarthy  scores past Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during the 3-0 win at Goodison Park.  Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP

The Grim Reaper appeared at Goodison Park to accompany David Moyes to his end as Manchester United manager 12 months ago. This time Louis van Gaal sc(...)

Everton midfielder James McCarthy scores past Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea during the Premier League match at Goodison Park. Photo:  Paul Ellis/AFP

Everton 3 Manchester United 0The Grim Reaper did not appear beside the visitors’ bench as he did for David Moyes’s final game as Manchester United man(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has urged Marouane Fellaini to keep his focus on his return to Goodison Park on Sunday. Photograph: Epa

Louis van Gaal has spoken to Marouane Fellaini about maintaining his focus during Sunday’s return to his former club Everton.Fellaini has emerged as a(...)

Used the right way: Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring on Sunday. Photograph:  Darren Staples/Reuters

Wayne Rooney has revealed that Manchester United’s victory over Manchester City was based on making the champions pay for having players who are unab(...)

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(...)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini during Monday night’s defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Reuters

Manuel Pellegrini’s position as the Manchester City manager is safe and there will be no knee-jerk reaction despite Monday night’s defeat at Crystal (...)

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(...)