Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and manager Louis van Gaal speak during squad training. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Louis van Gaal has given Luke Shaw a few days off to aid his recovery from the broken leg he suffered in Manchester United’s opening Champions Leagu(...)

Louis van Gaal with his then assistant trainer at Barcelona Jose Mourinho. Photograph: Getty Images

Former Barcelona captain Xavi admits he initially thought Louis van Gaal was an “idiot” but changed his mind after a week working with him. The ex-Spa(...)

Michael Carrick leaves the pitch during England’s friendly match against Spain played at the Rico Perez stadium in Alicante. Photograph: EPA

England and Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick sustained an ankle injury during England’s 2-0 friendly defeat in Spain on Friday. The 34-yea(...)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named Swedish footballer of the year for the last nine years. Photograph:  Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Half Bosnian, half Croat, half Swede, half borderless superstar, half council estate immigrant, half team player, half narcissist: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (...)

Thomas Muller celebrates with Douglas Costa after scoring Bayern Munich’s fifth goal against Arsenal. Photograph: Reuters

Arsène Wenger lamented a dismal defensive performance from his Arsenal team, as they slumped to a 5-1 loss at Bayern Munich that left their Champions (...)

Arsenal’s Petr Cech looks dejected after Thomas Muller scored Bayern Munich’s second goal. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

Bayern Munich 5 Arsenal 1 From the moment that Robert Lewandowski exploited slackness in the Arsenal back line to score his 18th goal of the club sea(...)

Arsenal’s French head coach Arsene Wenger laughs during a press conference on the eve of their Champions League Group F match against Bayern Munich. Photograph: Getty Images

Pep Guardiola once harboured ambitions to play for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has claimed. The Bayern Munich coach enjoyed a glittering career as a player(...)

Petr Cech of Arsenal saves at the feet Swansea’s of Bafetimbi Gomis during the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Getty Images.

Swansea 0 Arsenal 3 Arsenal’s title challenger costume is looking ever more convincing. This result could have been different if debatable refereein(...)

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: still retains the support of the Stamford Bridge hierarchy. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Diego Costa is confident he will be fit for Chelsea’s home game against Liverpool on Saturday despite damaging his ribs in midweek as the holders wer(...)

Former  Everton player and manager Howard Kendall with his Bell’s Manager of the Year Award in 1985 at Goodison Park after his team’s title triumph. Photograph:  PA Wire.

The radio was almost shaking. It sounded like thunder was pulsing through it. Last Saturday afternoon Goodison Park and Everton were saying farewel(...)