Manchester United’s Radamel Falcao celebrates scoring his side’s  equalising goal in  the  Premier League match against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1Radamel Falcao clinched a 1-1 draw for Manchester United as 10-man Aston Villa ended their winning run.The Colombian (...)

 Diego Costa of Chelsea is expected to start against Newcastle United.  Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Saturday, December 6thHull (17) v West Brom (16) Striker Abel Hernandez returns to the Hull squad after missing two matches for the birth of his child(...)

Ciaran Clark challenges Irish team mate Shane Long during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park last night. Photograph:  Nick Potts/Pa

He mightn’t have featured at all if it wasn’t for a litany of recent injuries to Aston Villa’s centre backs, but Ciaran Clark’s performance during (...)

 Louis van Gaal insists he is not taking a risk by looking to Manchester United’s Academy to solve his injury crisis.

Louis van Gaal has said he will solve Manchester United’s injury crisis by applying the methods that solved Arjen Robben’s fitness problems and the m(...)

 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return from a thigh injury to play some part in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

SATURDAY Arsenal (4) v Tottenham (9) Arsenal expect to have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a dead leg. Defenders Kieran Gibbs and Per Merte(...)

Wayne Rooney, scorer of United’s equaliser, is challenged by Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel during the International Champions Cup final in Miami. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Nobody ever said this was going to be easy. Even before Louis van Gaal’s appointment at Manchester United the general prognosis was one of grizzled an(...)

Daley Blind of the Netherlands celebrates his goal against Brazil with teammates Ron Vlaar (left) and Georginio Wijnaldum  at the Brasilia National Stadium. Photograph: Ruben Sprich / Reuters

Brazil 0 Netherlands 3Brazil were booed off the pitch in Brasilia as their disappointing World Cup campaign ended in another humiliating defeat. Robin(...)

Germany’s coach Joachim Löw   during a training session in Rio de Janeiro  ahead of their 2014 World Cup Final  against  Argentina on Sunday. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Joachim Löw wants Germany to make history in the Maracana on Sunday and then dominate world football for many years to come.After their 7-1 demolitio(...)

  Argentina’s goalkeeper Sergio Romero reacts after making his first penalty save. Photograph:   Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The Argentinian press hailed Sergio Romero’s “Hands of God” after the goalkeeper’s penalty shoot-out heroics earned victory over Holland in Wednesday(...)

 Dutch coach Louis van Gaal  (second left) looks on during the the semi-final against Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo.  Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World C(...)