Marouane Fellaini heads home Manchester United’s first goal in the Champions League game against FC Basel at Old Trafford. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Manchester United 3 FC Basel 0 It was a victory that came at a cost for Manchester United bearing in mind the implications for Paul Pogba and the sig(...)

José Mourinho has said Manchester United endured an ‘empty period’ before he took over. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United failed to evolve under his predecessors David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, describing their tenures as an “empty(...)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan puts Manchester United 1-0 up against Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Manchester United 2 Sampdoria 1 Manchester United returned to the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night for the first time since 2010, when they helped ma(...)

Ciaran Clark: “Last season we knew as a squad that we had the quality to be up there.”  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

It was perhaps symbolic that as John O’Shea and Sunderland tumbled into the Championship at the end of last season, Ciaran Clark and Shane Duffy passe(...)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman with the returning Wayne Rooney. Photograph: Mark Robinson/Getty

If nothing else, it was a more polished performance than the first time Wayne Rooney staged his own press conference, on a January evening in 2003 and(...)

Wayne Rooney has moved from Manchester United to Everton after 13 years at the club. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The oddity of Wayne Rooney’s glittering 13-year Manchester United career is that he departs for Everton to only muted applause. Despite a record that (...)

 Simon Grayson: poised to take over the reins at relegated Sunderland in the  Championship. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Simon Grayson is expected to be named as the new manager of Sunderland over the next 24 hours in a move that could have major implications for the Iri(...)

Sunerland have been given permission to speak to Preston boss Simon Grayson over the vacant managerial role at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United/Getty

Simon Grayson has signed a three-year deal as the new manager of Sunderland in a move that could have major implications for the Irish contingent at P(...)

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is set to join Everton from Sunderland. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty

Everton are in advanced talks with Sunderland over a deal for Jordan Pickford and willing to meet the £30m asking price to land the England Under-21 g(...)

John O’Shea leads the run during the Republic of Ireland training session at the FAI National Training Centre on Friday. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea is among a number of senior players not included on Sunderland’s retained list in the wake of relegation. Th(...)