Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is defiant that he will not be sacked despite his team slipping further from the top four after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Photo: Andy Rain/PA

Louis van Gaal stood his ground on Sunday amid growing speculation his time as Manchester United manager will be ended early. Jose Mourinho continues(...)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard was the most fouled players in the English Premier League last season. Photograph: Catherine Mill/Getty Images.

The text message was sent in the aftermath of a parting of the ways, and it was meant as an apology. Eden Hazard had been receiving treatment for tha(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa is shown the yellow card by referee Mike Dean during the  Premier League game against Watford at Vicarage Road. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Watford 0 Chelsea 0 John Terry had bemoaned his belief that his Chelsea career would be denied its fairytale ending but, on this evidence, the champi(...)

Chelsea captain John Terry is set to leave the club at the end of the Premier League season. Photo: PA

Many will just shrug and mutter good riddance. They will point to the controversies which cost John Terry his captaincy of England, twice, and to that(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martínez has been heavily critical referee recently. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

One curious aspect of Louis van Gaal’s struggle has been the way in which he has often seemed to acknowledge that his critics have a point. Van Gaal’s(...)

Captain John Terry has announced he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after the club informed him they would not be renewing his contract. Photograph: Steve Paston/PA

John Terry has confirmed he is to leave Chelsea at the end of the season when his latest one-year contract expires at Stamford Bridge, drawing a line (...)

A groundsman looks out across Carlisle United’s flooded Brunton Park pitch earlier this month. The ground plays host to Everton in the FA Cup. Photograph: PA

The FA Cup has been called many things over the decades and of late some of the descriptions have been derogatory. The general feeling that the cup ha(...)

Sergio Agüero heads home Manchester City’s third goal in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Everton at Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Manchester City 3 Everton 1 (City win 4-3 on agg) Manchester City will face Liverpool in the Capital One Cup showpiece at Wembley next month after Ma(...)

Barcelona’s  Lionel Messi is fully expected to reclaim award he has won four times. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

When Michael Owen won the Ballon d’Or in 2001, becoming the first and still the only Englishman to win European football’s player of the year award s(...)

The way they were –  Jose Mourinho with Roman Abramovich in 2004 during the manager’s first period at Stamford Bridge. Photo:  Phil Cole/Getty Images

Roman Abramovich told Chelsea’s first-team players they needed to take responsibility for redeeming their dismal season, as the club prepared to welc(...)