Alex Ferguson  has hit back at suggestions that he is partly to blame for Manchester United’s decline and distancing himself from the common belief that he was solely responsible for the appointment of David Moyes. Photograph:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Alex Ferguson has hit back at suggestions that he is partly to blame for Manchester United’s decline, insisting it is absurd to think he left behind (...)

Cesc Fabregas in action during the match between Chelsea and  Arsenal at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

According to Rio Ferdinand’s autobiography, which was released last week, Alex Ferguson’s favourite word in pre-match team talks was: “CONCENTRATE!” F(...)

Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao  celebrates after scoring  a goal past  Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard during the    Premier League  match at Old Trafford. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Manchester United 2 Everton 1Perhaps the times are finally changing at Manchester United. The moment that may go down as an augury of a new dawn under(...)

 Louis van Gaal: “We have a lot of creative attacking players in our selection and I like that. But I also like to think that you have the discipline to come back in a certain shape because now we have conceded too many goals.” Photograph: PA

Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United have conceded “too many goals” and has told the team to start defending as a unit, beginning with the strik(...)

 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return from a thigh injury to play some part in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Arsenal (4) v Tottenham (9) Arsenal expect to have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a dead leg. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Merte(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal (right) and his assistant Ryan Giggs during their Premier League defeat to   Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Juan Mata has apologised to Manchester United fans after the team’s embarrassing 5-3 defeat to Leicester. United looked set for a comfortable win afte(...)

Esteban Cambiasso scores Leicester City’s  third goal during the  Premier League match against Manchester United at The King Power Stadium. Photograpgh: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Leicester 5 Manchester United 3Football, bloody hell. It was difficult to think of anything other than that famous Alex Ferguson quote to sum up a tru(...)

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard (centre) in action against Swansea’s goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (left)   at Stamford Bridge last wekend. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on Eden Hazard to prove he is one of the greatest players of his generation. The Blues boss expects the Belgi(...)

  Radamel Falcao (centre) replaces Juan Mata  to make his his Man Utd debut against QPR. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Radamel Falcao hopes to bag his first Premier League goal against Leicester next weekend after drawing a blank on his Manchester United debut.Angel d(...)

Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria celebrates after scoring the opening  goal against Queens Park Rangers. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Manchester United 4 QPR 0 It has taken longer than they would have liked but, finally, there is the sense that Manchester United have turned up. They (...)