Watford’s Troy Deeney ends up in the net with the ball as his own goal gave United victory. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

Alex Ferguson often said Manchester United liked to make life hard for themselves. They have mostly just been hard to watch during Louis van Gaal’s s(...)

Manchester United players during the penalty shootout. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has criticised Louis van Gaal’s tactics at Old Trafford by suggesting he would have disliked playing unde(...)

Both Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger failed to sign an established out-and-out centre forward during the last tranasfer window. Photo: David Price/Getty Images

As long-serving leading men go Wayne Rooney has always tended to attract an unusual degree of free-floating rage. The national team’s declining tou(...)

Rory McIlroy  chats to former footballers Andriy Shevchenko and Gianfranco Zola (right) on the putting green during the Pro-Am ahead of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth yesterday. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy sought to find solace inside the fairway ropes, in the company of three of his own sporting heroes. Red Devils all. But the Ulsterman ha(...)

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol  argues with  referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco during the heated Spanish Cup semi-final second leg against Real Madrid   at the Camp Nou in  February. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’d be a ref, eh? Or worse, a Spanish referee. Ten days ago the referee for today’s clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou – Albe(...)

 Ryan Giggs  looks on with Coach Phil Neville (L) prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford. Photograph:   Clive Brunskill/Bongarts/Getty Images

Ryan Giggs is trying to keep his birthday a secret in order to avoid the dressing-room banter that will inevitably accompany reaching the big 40.The (...)

Stephen Carr made 44 appearances for teh Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Carr has called time on his career after more than 400 league appearances for Tottenham, Newc(...)