Louis van Gaal believes securing a place in the last 16 of the Champions League will be difficult after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at home with PSV. Photograph: Reuters

Louis van Gaal came up with a variation on Sven-Goran Eriksson’s old “first half good, second half not so good” routine when describing the dire Manch(...)

Wayne Rooney is close to surpassing Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

When trying to assess England’s status as they step onto Dublin soil for the first time in 20 years, it is perhaps as wise to go back a year and furth(...)

Copies of the Daily Mirror newspaper move along the production line at the Trinity Mirror   print plant in Watford, UK. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Trinity Mirror has publicly apologised for phone hacking and said civil claims will cost the company millions more than first thought. The owner of th(...)

Captain Steven Gerrard talks to the media during an England press conference at the Urca Military Base ahead of the team’s final group game against Costa Rica. Photograph: Getty.

Steven Gerrard and Roy Hodgson have reacted furiously to assertions from Harry Redknapp that players at Tottenham would ask him to withdraw them fr(...)

Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now managing Molde in his native Norway,  has emerged as the top managerial target for Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Cardiff City have made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer their top target to replace Malky Mackay, with Vincent Tan, the club’s owner, optimistic he can convince t(...)

A fans sticker makes a statement on the Ninian Park gates, as the future of Cardiff manager Malky MacKay remains unresolved at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Malky Mackay has made the journey to Liverpool with his Cardiff squad in the wake of owner Vincent Tan’s demand that he resign or be sacked as manager(...)

Former  Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with ex-Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson.  Photo:  Martin Rickett/PA

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says he signed a contract to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United – when the Scot announced his inten(...)

England manager  Roy Hodgson

[BYLINE1]OWEN GIBSON[/BYLINE1]The English Football Association expects to finalise its preparations for the World Cup this week, announcing a string o(...)

Martin O’Neill, or whoever gets the gig as next manager of the Irish football team, is going to get quite a lot of quids, but it’s hard to shake the suspicion that nothing else but perfection is going to keep the critics off his back once that initial burst of “new-era-fresh-start-everyone’s-shoulder-to-the-wheel” enthusiasm wears off. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

An old Irish Press colleague, the late Brian Featherstonhaugh, had an admirably straight-forward response to anyone ringing in complaining about mista(...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni alongside assistant manager Marco Tardelli in Vienna on Tuesday.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland have sunk to their worst ever Fifa world ranking after the 1-0 defeat to Austria that resulted in the termination of Giovanni(...)