Goalkeeper Mark Howard of Sheffield United saves Enner Valencia’s  penalty in the shoot out between West Ham United and Sheffield United at the Boleyn Ground. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Manchester United were not the only Premier League side to be unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup either, with three others - Burnley, L(...)

 West Ham United’s Ravel Morrison, 21, who has been charged with assaulting two women, Greater Manchester Police said. Photograph:  Stephen Pond/PA Wire

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged with assaulting two women.The 21-year-old, formerly with Manchester United, is accused of attacki(...)

  Juan Mata  celebrates scoring  for Manchester United. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Juan Mata thinks Manchester United will be challenging for silverware this year under Louis van Gaal.When Mata signed for United last January, the cl(...)

There is a neat symmetry about Iran lining out today in Curitiba: the tournament’s worst-prepared stadium hosts its worst-prepared team. What could p(...)

Falcao’s Monaco team mate James Rodriquez carries Colombian hopes in the absence of ’El Tigre’

Colombia face Greece in Belo Horizonte on Saturday night with both sides having legitimate hopes of progressing from arguably the tournament’s weakest(...)

Republic of Ireland U19 manager Paul Doolin.

Republic of Ireland 1 Serbia 3Defeat for the Republic of Ireland in yesterday’s concluding elite stage qualifier against Serbia ended Paul Doolin’s ho(...)

 England manager Roy Hodgson  will take in the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Italy in London. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

England manager Roy Hodgson has told his players that World Cup starting places are up for grabs in the coming weeks.Hodgson’s 23-man squad touched d(...)

Damien Duff in action against France during a World Cup qualifier football in 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The bitter pill of Damien Duff’s relegation from top flight football will be softened with new accounts showing that his UK firm is sitting on a cash (...)

Ryan Giggs is expected to be offered a coaching role at Manchester United by new manager Louis van Gaal, and also hopes to play on for a 23rd season. Photograph: PA

Ryan Giggs met Louis van Gaal for face-to-face talks about his Manchester United future on Wednesady. The interim manager, who was placed in charge fo(...)

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini celebrates after scoring  his side’s  second goal during the  Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light. Photo:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sunderland 2 West Bromwich Albion 0Miracles tend to be painfully elusive but Sunderland supporters now know they really can happen. Only three weeks a(...)