“I am always confident, because I always believe in my team in our game-plan,” says Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal ahead of the Manchester Derby. Photograph: Reuters.

Louis van Gaal says he and his Manchester United players “dream of victory” over Manchester City in Sunday’s 169th derby, with the Dutch manager stat(...)

 Chelsea’s Diego Costa lies  injured   at Stamford Bridge last weekend. Photograph: EPA

José Mourinho expects to be without his leading goalscorer, Diego Costa, until May at the earliest as the Spain forward recovers from his latest hamst(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been singing the praises of in-form striker Olivier Giroud. Photo: Philip Brown/Reuters

Arsenal are still playing catch-up to Chelsea but the in-from Gunners will be ready to pounce if the leaders suffer from some end of season yips, mana(...)

Jack Wilshere played for the club’s Under-21 team during the week. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Jack Wilshere is ready to make his return to first-team action after recovering from an ankle injury he picked up in November and the Arsenal midfiel(...)

Wigan have named Gary Caldwell as the club’s new manager on a “permanent contract”. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Wigan Athletic need a miracle to avoid their second relegation in three seasons but new manager Gary Caldwell is the right long-term appointment for t(...)

Can Phil Taylor step away from the game that made him? Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA

Phil Taylor does not remember how much his father made working at Platt’s tile factory in Stoke-on-Trent in the early 1960s, but he knows it was not e(...)

Raheem Sterling: are Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge the sort of role models that are going to lead him to the top of the game? Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

A little over two years ago, Raheem Sterling told the Daily Mail: “I don’t think I’m famous. I suppose a few people know me, but it’s not changed me. (...)

Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: “A big team always has the mentality that it wants to win all its matches.” Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Manchester City visit Crystal Palace tonight for the first of what Manuel Pellegrini has termed the eight cup finals for which his team must raise the(...)

Dick Advocaat failed at first to appreciate intensity of Old Firm derby. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Dick Advocaat has managed various teams at assorted points across the globe but one of the game’s foremost “world travellers” is not about to underest(...)