Retired tennis player Li Na was one of the most popular winners in Shanghai, picking up the exceptional achievement award. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images for Laureus

Security was tight around the landmark Grand Theatre building on the north side of People’s Square in downtown Shanghai, as some of the biggest names (...)

Raheem Sterling: are Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge the sort of role models that are going to lead him to the top of the game? Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

A little over two years ago, Raheem Sterling told the Daily Mail: “I don’t think I’m famous. I suppose a few people know me, but it’s not changed me. (...)

 Angel di Maria of Real Madrid is surrounded by Atletico  Madrid players during the Supercopa first leg the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid, coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted on Sunday, as the Argentine’s move to Manchester United edged c(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal’s tenure will officialy start against Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday.  Photograph:   Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal has told Wayne Rooney he must relax if he is to be a successful leader of Manchester United. Van Gaal takes charge of his first compet(...)

Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy greets Wayne Rooney of Manchester United before the US side’s 7-0 drubbing at the Rose Bowl. Photograph: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Ander Herrera is sure Louis van Gaal will do his utmost to keep his Manchester United players grounded after their 7-0 destruction of the Los Angeles (...)

France’s  head coach Didier Deschamps kicks a ball during a training session at the Botafogo soccer club’s Santa Cruz stadium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

For a man once belittled by Eric Cantona as “a water carrier,” Didier Deschamps has certainly made a habit of carrying lots of trophies. French repor(...)

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona who was arrested and cautioned by the Metropolitan Police in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Soccer legend Eric Cantona has been arrested and cautioned for common assault. The 47-year-old was held at lunchtime yesterday in leafy P(...)

Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker competes with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during Saturday’s Premier League match at Anfield which Liverpool won 5-1. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Thirty seconds after the final whistle at Anfield Luis Suarez trudged about with a despondent expression that would not have looked out of place on(...)

Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho gestures during their Premier League victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, London. Photograph: Reuters

When Paul Merson is unimpressed by a player’s performance he is in the habit of declaring “he’s like a fish up a tree”, a curious enough assessment an(...)

Manchester United manager David Moyes smiles as he leaves the pitch after his team’s 2-0 win against Swansea City on Saturday. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United fans are insufferable. They are patronising, overly self-assured and dismissive. I say this as a lifelong Man United fan. For the Ka(...)