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(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero  scores his winning goal during their  Premier League match  against Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in  May  2012. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Jim White is talking about the impact on people’s lives of a devotion to a football club, whether from their own neck of the woods or further afield, (...)

Robin van Persie of Manchester United and manager David Moyes pose with the trophy after victory in the FA Community Shield

The ease of Manchester United’s victory over Wigan yesterday will have come as a relief to David Moyes, after a pre-season that had done little to dis(...)