Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s third goal against Liverpool on Sunday with teammates Juan Mata (left) and Wayne Rooney (right)   at Old Trafford.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Wayne Rooney has told his Manchester United team to believe they can win the Premier League title, with the captain citing the experience of previous (...)

Jamie Spencer has been champion jockey in both Ireland and Britain and has won 33 Group races worldwide. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Trade Storm’s odds always indicated a neat fairytale-finale for Jamie Spencer in Hong Kong over the weekend was a long-shot. In contrast the odds abou(...)

Owner Michael Owen with  Brown Panther after it won The Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh. Photograph: PA Wire

A €3.7 million ‘Champions Weekend’ initiative designed to boost Irish racing’s profile surged to ‘PR’ nirvana at the Curragh when Brown Panther carrie(...)

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling (left) scores  against Tottenham Hotspur   at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Gerry Penny / EPA

Brendan Rodgers has said he will safeguard Raheem Sterling’s long-term career and avoid a repeat of Michael Owen’s misfortunes despite the growing imp(...)

Burnley host Chelsea in a Division One game  from Turf Moor, Burnley circa 1965. The club have been playing on this piece of land since February 1883. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty

Angel Di Maria’s last appearance for Real Madrid came in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against neighbours Atletico almost a fortnight ago. Th(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has inherited a bit of a mess but he is the man to sort it out. As well as coaxing the best out of what he’s got, he is also committed to blooding young players. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Saturday. 12.45pm. Old Trafford will be graced by a true sporting great. Nope, not Maroune Fellaini, but Rory McIlroy, the world’s best golfer and a U(...)

 Luke Shaw is being pursued by Manchester United. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Luke Shaw became the youngest player to feature at this World Cup by starting England’s draw with Costa Rica — an experience he described as “unbelie(...)

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen in action against at Lansdowne Road in 1998 .Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen believes his old club are on course to win the title the “right way” but thinks they will struggle to en(...)

Steven Gerrard reacts at the final whistle as Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-2 yesterday

Steven Gerrard hasn’t won major trophies very often, but when he does, he likes to do it in style. In 2001, he was part of the team that(...)

Manchester United manager David Moyes smiles as he leaves the pitch after his team’s 2-0 win against Swansea City on Saturday. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Manchester United fans are insufferable. They are patronising, overly self-assured and dismissive. I say this as a lifelong Man United fan. For the Ka(...)