Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after completing his hat-trick in Real Madrid’s Champions League game against  Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Champions League round-up: Cristiano Ronaldo moved three goals clear of Lionel Messi as the Champions League top scorer when he netted a hat-trick for(...)

Anthony Martial opens his Manchester United goalscoring account as he beats Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

In his comments on Anthony Martial, Michael Carrick strengthened the sense of what strange times these are at Manchester United. Martial made an ex(...)

Manchester United face Liverpool at Old Trafford in what was once a defining match in football but is now waning somewhat. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

There is a top-of-the-table match involving a team from Manchester on Saturday afternoon. Man City, first in the Premier League, are at Crystal Pal(...)

Ángel Di María has apologised to Manchester United fans following an unsuccessful season at Old Trafford. Photograph: Epa

Ángel Di María has apologised to Manchester United supporters for his unsuccessful spell at Old Trafford in an open letter, suggesting that factors be(...)

On arrival Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao were billed as United’s galacticos. Yet each ended their spell at Old Trafford as an expensive mistake.

Angel Di Maria seemed to want to leave Manchester United from the moment he arrived. After completing the move last August the open letter he wrote(...)

Manchester United target Sergio Ramos in action for Real Madrid against AC Milan in Shanghai yesterday, a match which Real won 10-9 on penalties. Any move by the Spanish club for United goalkeeper David de Gea depends on Ramos going in the opposite direction. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Paris Saint-Germain are hopeful of finalising a deal this weekend to buy Ángel Di María from Manchester United for a fee of around £40 million (€57m)(...)

Louis van Gaal has admitted the speculation over the future of goalkeeper David de Gea is unfavourable. Photograph: Getty

Louis van Gaal has admitted the uncertainty over the future of David de Gea is far from ideal for Manchester United, the goalkeeper and his suitors Re(...)

Angel di Maria failed to board his flight to the United States and therefore did not join Manchester United’s pre-season tour party on Saturday, Louis van Gaal has revealed. Photo:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are in advanced negotiations for Angel Di Maria, with the French club having offered €40m to buy the 27-year(...)

Roy Keane at the launch of the SSE Airtricity Under-17 National League at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown yesterday. Keane called for more Irish players to be playing at top level. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO
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  • July 28, 2015, 08:07

Jim McGuinness: Cork the victims of a flawed competition format In today’s paper the former Donegal manager poses the question why the All-Irel(...)

Lionel Messi inspired Argentina’s 6-1 Copa America semi-final  win over Paraguay. Photograph: Afp

The problem with a genius like Lionel Messi is that you’re always waiting for him to perform. You can’t watch a game he plays in as you watch any othe(...)