Wayne Rooney, scorer of United’s equaliser, is challenged by Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel during the International Champions Cup final in Miami. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Nobody ever said this was going to be easy. Even before Louis van Gaal’s appointment at Manchester United the general prognosis was one of grizzled an(...)

 Dutch coach Louis van Gaal  (second left) looks on during the the semi-final against Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo.  Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World C(...)

Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero saves a penalty kick by Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Michael Dalder / Reuters 2:22

Netherlands 0 Argentina 0 (Argentina win 4-2 on penalties)All night long through what was a disappointing semi-final, the Argentine fans revelled in t(...)

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout against Greece. Photograph: EPA

Ahead of a first appearance in the quarter-finals all Costa Rica is dreaming of glory And rather than any signs of nervousness at the exalted c(...)

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the winner against Mexico in the second round of the  World Cup at Castelao   in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Mexico 1 We thought it was, plain and simple, too hot for football. Then Mexico scored and, in the burning heat of the second hal(...)

Four men armed with knives made their way into the northwest London home of former England international and ITV soccer pundit Ian Wright, and held his wife and children before making off with personal possessions. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Former England international Ian Wright is flying home from Brazil after his wife and children were burgled at knifepoint in London.Four men armed wit(...)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands  celebrates his goal against Spain with coach Louis van Gaal at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The Netherlands have a lovely problem on their hands. How on earth do you follow a 5-1 victory over Spain? Australia are about to find out, alt(...)