Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and manager Louis van Gaal speak during squad training. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Louis van Gaal has given Luke Shaw a few days off to aid his recovery from the broken leg he suffered in Manchester United’s opening Champions Leagu(...)

 Anthony Martial (right) with Andreas Pereira, Chris Smalling and Jesse Lingard  during a Manchester United  training session at  Carrington ahead of the Champions League game with PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini are available for Manchester United’s Champions League match against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford(...)

Wayne Rooney has returned to training ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League fixture against PSV on Wednesday. Photograph: PA

Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial have returned to training ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League match against PSV. Rooney and Martial missed(...)

Watford’s Troy Deeney ends up in the net with the ball as his own goal gave United victory. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Alex Ferguson often said Manchester United liked to make life hard for themselves. They have mostly just been hard to watch during Louis van Gaal’s s(...)

Jesse Lingard came in for high praise from the Manchester United manager after his goal against West Brom on Saturday. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he is likely to face some disappointment in his hunt for new recruits during the next transfer window.(...)

Morgan Schneiderlin (L) is a doubt for Manchester United’s Champions League fixture with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night after sitting out training on Monday. Photograph: Getty

Morgan Schneiderlin has emerged as a doubt for Manchester United’s Champions League match against CSKA Moscow. Schneiderlin played the entirety of Un(...)

Manchester United’s Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira during a training session at Carrington Training Ground. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Andreas Pereira is hoping for another chance to impress when Manchester United take on Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. The 19-year-old midfielde(...)

Republic of Ireland international Ciaran Clark returns to the Aston Villa squad for their home clash against Swansea. Photograph:   Steve Langan/Inpho

SATURDAY (3.0 unless stated) Aston Villa (19) v Swansea (14) - Live Setanta Sports 1 Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has a fully-fit squad f(...)

Chris Smalling stretches to steer home Manchester United’s winner against  VfL Wolfsburg at Old Trafford. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters I

GROUP B: MANCHESTER UNITED 2 (Mata 34pen, Smalling 53) VFL WOLFSBURG 1 (Caligiuri 4) For a while, Manchester United briefly threatened to add(...)

Wolfsburg’s Maximilian Arnold, Dante and Josuha Guilavogui  react after their side lost 5-1 to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, with Robert Lewandowski scoring five goals in nine minutes. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

One of the phrases we reach for increasingly often is football’s “bubble”. This is not in the innocent sense of West Ham and Upton Park; rather, it(...)