Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “We are not far away from the European places and that is what we are going to fight for.” Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Everton’s Roberto Martinez has dismissed talk of scrapping FA Cup replays or moving them to midweek dates. “We should respect the tradition and do (...)

The MetLife  headquarters building  in New York. MetLife Inc is the biggest US life insurer. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

New York-listed insurance giant MetLife has issued €131 million to finance four properties in Dublin, the multinational’s first such venture into th(...)

Angel Di Maria slips past QPR’S Charlie Austin during their Premier League match at Loftus Road last week, the Manchester United midfielder was played as a striker by Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters.

Louis van Gaal has come out fighting over supporters’ criticism of his 3-5-2 formation, accepting that the players might be more comfortable with 4-4(...)

From left: Paul Wilson, Stephen McCarthy and Darragh Cronin

Savills Ireland has announced three new appointments in its retail division. In newly established positions, Darragh Cronin has been appointed head of(...)

Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany, who scored his side’s second goal, leads yesterday’s celebrations at the Etihad. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Goals number 101 and 102 of an utterly convincing Manchester City campaign delivered a second title in three seasons with a minimum of drama. Sky migh(...)

Victoria Square:  one of the most expensive shopping centre ever built in the North is experiencing a revival

Consumers are happy to spend again in the North – at least that is what a new consumer confidence survey is telling us. Latest research from Da(...)

Liverpool’s Aly Cissokho and Kolo Toure in action against Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud at Anfield, a game the home side won emphatically 5-1.

Liverpool have scored four or more goals in nine of their 27 league games to date, a remarkable strike rate that last week enabled them to overtake(...)

Manchester United manager David Moyes has dismissed rumours of Robin van Persie being unhappy at the club and says the striker should be fit to return for the Premier League game at home to Stoke today. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

David Moyes has dismissed suggestions that Robin van Persie is unhappy at Manchester United and says the striker has a good chance of returning for to(...)

James McCarthy in action for the Republic of Ireland – the midfielder will be hoping to make his Everton debut today. Photograph: Getty

At the age of only 22, James McCarthy has more than 100 Premier League games under his belt and an FA Cup winner’s medal. The new Goodison recruit is (...)