Since Brendan Rodgers  took over at Liverpool, he has won only five of 26 matches against the big four of Chelsea, Arsenal and the Manchester clubs. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

There’s a good reason why football managers love nothing more than to gather their players together and make them listen to Al Pacino’s “inches” speec(...)

Steven Gerrard was sent off in the opening minute of the second half at Anfield over a tackle on Ander Herrera. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Oh, Stevie. What a way to say goodbye. Liverpool’s captain did at least on this occasion keep his footing. Unfortunately this was at the expense of A(...)

An acrobatic Juan Mata scores his and Manchester United’s second goal at Anfield. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It was a performance from Manchester United that has been a long time in the making and, for Steven Gerrard, another personal ordeal in an expanding (...)

Juan Mata’s stunning scissor kick put Manchester United two ahead in their 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield. Photograph: Reuters

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 2It was the kind of performance from Manchester United that has been a long time in the making and, for Steven Gerrard, (...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: has described his approach as being to retrain players to think rather than act on instinct.  Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Jonny Evans has admitted Louis van Gaal’s new style can be tough for Manchester United to adapt to, though the defender believes it will prove benefi(...)

Manchester United’s  Marcos Rojo  heads home  their second goal past Cambridge United Chris Dunn during the FA Cup fourth-round replay  at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP

Manchester United 3 Cambridge United 0Manchester United enjoyed the kind of relaxed evening that eluded Louis van Gaal’s men in the first game of this(...)

 James Wilson of Manchester United scores his team’s second goal past Robert Green of QPR   at Loftus Road. Photograph:  Mark Thompson/Getty Images

QPR 0 Manchester United 2Manchester United laboured to a third away league win of the season as they saw off QPR to strengthen the case any potential (...)

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (centre) jumps for the ball as he is challenged by Southampton’s Jose Fonte (left)  at Old Trafford. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Man-of-the-match Jose Fonte was delighted as Southampton held on to record a narrow 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. The visitors t(...)

 Dusan Tadic of Southampton celebrates scoring the winner against  Manchester United   at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester United 0 Southampton 1The last time Southampton won a league match at this ground was in 1988, when Colin Clarke scored both the goals. But(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal watches his team in action at the Britannia Stadium. United are just three points better off than they were after 20 league games last season. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

When Manchester United began 2014, they had, for the first time under their manager of six months, David Moyes, just won four consecutive Premier Leag(...)