Daley Blind in action  for of Ajax, who say they would want an “absolute top price” for the versatile defender, who is said to interest Manchester United and his former manager with the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal. Photograph:  Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal is weighing up a move for Daley Blind, though Ajax insist the 24-year-old will be sold only for an “absolute top price” as the Manchest(...)

  Angel di Maria of Argentina has joined Manchester United from Real Madrid in a  deal worth €75m.  Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Angel di Maria has been confirmed as a Manchester United player in a €75m British record transfer fee to take the club’s spending to €164m in the summ(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal (R) shakes hands with Robin Van Persie. But another Dutch player, Daley Blind maybe in the sights of the Manchester United boss. Photograph:  REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Daley Blind’s agent says Manchester United are yet to launch a bid to sign his client. Blind is understood to be on Louis van Gaal’s transfer shortlis(...)

Netherlands’ coach Louis van Gaal talks with his players during a training session one day before their World Cup semi-final soccer match against Argentina at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph:  Manu Fernandez/AP

Won’t somebody think of the children? Thankfully someone did at Louis van Gaal’s press conference in São Paulo yesterday, when the manager was asked w(...)

Bryan Ruiz of Costa Rica celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout against Greece. Photograph: EPA

Ahead of a first appearance in the quarter-finals all Costa Rica is dreaming of glory And rather than any signs of nervousness at the exalted c(...)

Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands  shakes hand with Dutch coach Louis van Gaal after being substituted during the  World Cup  round of 16 match against Mexico. The midfielder is out of the competition with a groin strain. Photograph:     Vassil Donev/EPA

Netherlands will be without defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong for the rest of the World Cup through injury.The 29-year-old was forced off nine minut(...)

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the winner against Mexico in the second round of the  World Cup at Castelao   in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Mexico 1 We thought it was, plain and simple, too hot for football. Then Mexico scored and, in the burning heat of the second hal(...)

Leroy Fer scores  powers home his header against Chile. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Chile 0Caught between the knowledge that both teams were already qualified and the risk that Brazil could lie in wait for the loser the (...)

Memphis Depay: could be rewarded with a start after his goal against Australia.

When the World Cup draw was made back in December, Group B was one of the candidates for the dreaded ‘group of death’ tag. But rather than finding (...)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands  celebrates his goal against Spain with coach Louis van Gaal at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The Netherlands have a lovely problem on their hands. How on earth do you follow a 5-1 victory over Spain? Australia are about to find out, alt(...)