Everyone agrees Mario Balotelli would be a hell of a player if only he would take the game more seriously. But to do that, he would have to be a different person. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

This week last year, Sports Illustrated featured a foreign soccer player on their cover for only the sixth time in their 60-year history. The man they(...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Nacer Chadli scores his second and his side’s third against QPR at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Tottenham 4 QPR 0Harry Redknapp offered a puff of the cheeks and a quick handshake to those in the opposing dug-out at the final whistle to suggest he(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal waves to the Old Trafford crowd. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

We were informed how he walked and where he walked. How he stood and where he stood. We had his facial expressions and the language of his body interp(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects Marcos Rojo to be a major addition to his squad. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Louis van Gaal has made a move to strengthen his much-maligned defence after completing the signing of Argentina international Marcos Rojo from Sport(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has inherited a bit of a mess but he is the man to sort it out. As well as coaxing the best out of what he’s got, he is also committed to blooding young players. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Saturday. 12.45pm. Old Trafford will be graced by a true sporting great. Nope, not Maroune Fellaini, but Rory McIlroy, the world’s best golfer and a U(...)

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp and Richard Dunne at yesterday’s press conference at Carton House. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There’ll be a certain symmetry to proceedings at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon, where Richard Dunne will take to the field against Shamrock Rover(...)

Manchester United face competition from Barcelona for  Belgian defender Thomas Vermalen, with Arsenal preferring to sell abroad and not to a direct rival. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United have been given the green light to move for Thomas Vermaelen after Arsene Wenger admitted the Arsenal club captain could leave the c(...)

Louis van Gaal: wants Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Stefan de Vrij among others. Photograph: PA.

Louis van Gaal has been told he is free to break the world transfer record to bring the right player to Manchester United. Last year Real Madrid set (...)

  Juan Mata  celebrates scoring  for Manchester United. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Juan Mata thinks Manchester United will be challenging for silverware this year under Louis van Gaal.When Mata signed for United last January, the cl(...)

A Brazil fan reacts while watching a broadcast of the  World Cup semi-final against Germany at the Fan Fest in Brasilia. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil v Germany. A World Cup pairing of gargantuan, historical proportions, just the eight titles between them, endless epic encounters, and this, su(...)