Wayne Rooney scored form the spot as Manchester United beat Sunderland 2-0 at Old Trafford. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0Wayne Rooney scored his first league goals in over two months to give Manchester United a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sund(...)

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic is shown a red card by referee Martin Atkinson after the controversial incident at Stafmord Bridge. Photo: Tony O’Brien/Reuters

Nemanja Matic is resigned to missing Sunday’s League One Cup final despite Chelsea’s decision to lodge an appeal with the English FA against his send(...)

Louis van Gaal: a developmental technocrat whose proudest boast has always been that he knows how to get the best out of young players. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

After Louis van Gaal’s appointment as the successor to David Moyes at Manchester United was greeted with an almost unanimous chorus of approval, it wa(...)

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (left) celebrates with  team mate Marouane Fellaini (right) after scoring the third against   Preston North End   at  Deepdale. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Preston North End 1 Manchester United 3A comfortable scoreline, Wayne Rooney on the scoresheet and hostilities renewed in the quarter-finals with Arse(...)

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling scores his, and his team’s second goal during their 3-1 victory over Burnley. Photograph: AFP Photo/Oli Scarff

Manchester United 3 Burnley 1Chris Smalling should have been a candidate for man-of-the-match after the two first-half goals that propelled his side (...)

Jose Mourinho: “The same people who suspended my player didn’t want to suspend another player this weekend.” Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Jose Mourinho has expressed his surprise that Robin van Persie escaped sanction from the English Football Association for flinging an elbow at West(...)

 Louis van Gaal told the press to copy his statistics from the match and “go to   Big Sam”.   Photograph: Laurence Griffiths

Louis van Gaal’s irritation about Manchester United’s “long-ball United” tag manifested itself in an unorthodox press conference yesterday, in which (...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal pulled out a dossier full of statistics at his press conference as he hit back at Sam Allardyce’s claim that Manchester United are a long-ball team. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

Louis van Gaal pulled out a dossier full of statistics at his press conference as he hit back at Sam Allardyce’s claim that Manchester United are long(...)

Manchester United’s Daley Blind celebrates scoring against West Ham United yesterday evening. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

When Sam Allardyce branded Louis van Gaal’s team as “long-ball United” following Daley Blind’s late equaliser from a Marouane Fellaini knockdown, the (...)

 Daley Blind of Manchester United celebrates after scoring an injury-time equaliser aganist West Ham at the  Boleyn Ground. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

West Ham United 1 Manchester United 1An injury-time strike from Daley Blind earned Manchester United a point that they scarcely deserved. The visitors(...)