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(...)

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and  assistant manager Ryan Giggs  at the club’s  Carrington training complex yesterday. Photograph:  John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images

Louis van Gaal began his first official day as Manchester United manager yesterday by being briefed by his staff, Albert Stuivenberg, Marcel Bout and (...)

 Arjen Robben of the Netherlands (C) is fouled  by Rafael Marquez of Mexico  at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

He doesn’t so much walk into the press conference as accuse his way in. Only minutes earlier Louis van Gaal has watched his players achieve a comebac(...)

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(...)

Mexico captain  Rafael Marquez  celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the World Cup Group A match against Croatia  at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mexico 3 Croatia 1In a bad-tempered Group A battle for second place Mexico won through to claim the dubious privilege of playing the Netherlands in Fo(...)

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates with  team-mate Vedran Corluka after scoring against 
goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between
 Cameroon.

Mario Mandzukic has been advertising a chocolate bar back home, and there is a certain melt-in-your-mouth goodness to Croatia’s attacking play in B(...)

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa dives to stop a shot during their  World Cup Group A  match against Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Francois Xavier Marit/Reuters 1:20

Brazil 0 Mexico 0There has been plenty of talk of footballing ghosts here for Brazil and the scariest one for them is generally considered to be Urugu(...)

Mexico’s Miguel Layun pretends to tie the shoelaces of team-mate Oribe Peralta after he  scored his side’s goal in the Group A game against Cameroon at Dunas Arena in Natal. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Mexico 1 Cameroon 0: This was the second game of the World Cup and for the second game all the talk after the final whistle was about the referees. Th(...)

Everton’s Kevin Mirallas scores his side’s  second goal past Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea during the  Premier League match at Goodison Park. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Everton 2 Manchester United 0 This dismal Man(...)

Wayne Rooney will not feature in today’s Premier League game against Newcastle. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

David Moyes is waiting anxiously on Wayne Rooney’s fitness for Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final second leg a(...)