Manchester United’s Robin van Persie (centre) celebrates scoring his sides second goal against Southampton   with team-mates Ashley Young (right) and Ander Herrera   at St Marys, Southampton. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Louis van Gaal and his flexible system may enhance his squad’s Premier League hopes but an ever-growing injury list and the lack of European football(...)

Celtic’s coach Ronny Deila must take his side to the San Siro in February. Photograph: Antonio Bronic/Inpho

Celtic were handed a fearsome Europa League last-32 draw against Inter Milan while Liverpool will return to Istanbul, the scene of their memorable (...)

  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hope to get back on track with a win over Newcastle United. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he is “not a politician” worrying about popularity in opinion polls and his only concern is “to win football ga(...)

 Everton’s Luke Garbutt during the UEFA Europa League Group H match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Roberto Martinez felt Everton’s youngsters seized their chance to impress despite a 1-0 defeat by Krasnodar in the Europa League. With the Toffees alr(...)

Players and officials looks on as play is suspended following a floodlight failure for a second time during the UEFA Europa League Group C match between Besiktas JK and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Ataturk Olympic Stadium. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino was frustrated by the “laughable” floodlight failures that disrupted Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Besiktas. Spurs were usu(...)

The crowd in the Attaturk Stadium in Istanbul  lights up after the floodlights failed during Tottenham’s  Europa League group C  match against  Besiktas. Photograph: Sedat Suna /EPA

Besiktas 1 Tottenham 0 First the lights went out at the Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium and then on Tottenham’s hopes of topping their Europa League (...)

Andre Schürrle of Chelsea celebrates after scoring the second goal against  Sporting Lisbon   at Stamford Bridge.  Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Chelsea’s progress into the knockout phase proved serene to the last. Sporting Lisbon were outclassed here and consigned to the Europa League by a rej(...)

Samir Nasri celebrates his opener against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Getty Images

AS Roma 0 Manchester City 2There have not been too many distinguished nights for Manchester City since they started dining on the top table of Europea(...)

Lionel Messi (left) of FC Barcelona scores his team’s first goal past Salvatore Sirigu (centre) and David Luiz of Paris Saint-Germain FC  at Camp Nou Stadium. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group (...)

Arouna Koné of Everton will make his return to action on Thursday after 14 months out injured. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Arouna Koné has said it will feel akin to making his professional debut when he returns to the Everton attack on Thursday after 14 months out injured.(...)