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  Robbie Brady  scores Ireland’s second goal. Photograph; James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s team bus breaking down on the way to the stadium wasn’t the most auspicious of starts to the evening, ominous even, although you would imagi(...)

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea future remains in doubt despite Europa League success. Photograph: Darko Bandic/AP

You hope Maurizio Sarri enjoyed his first trophy in professional football – but this, surely, was not how he imagined it when he whiled away the hours(...)

Swansea City’s Welsh  international winger Daniel James is a target of Manchester United as they prepare to make summer signings. Photograph:   Darren Staples/PA Wire

Manchester United are confident of a successful summer in the transfer market, with Swansea City’s Daniel James one of the targets identified by Ole G(...)

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson: “It is unfair . . . to try and retain the authority you once possessed. You have to let go and let the new man and the new regime do what they think is best.” Photograph: Oli Scarf/AFP/Getty

Alex Ferguson, the former manager of Manchester United, once offered this universal truth about how to behave towards a successor: “It is unfair . . .(...)

“Vinny” is surrounded by Manchester City fans. He is a legend at the club. Photograph: PA

It is 10am on an early spring day when I pull up at the electric gates of Vincent Kompany’s home. In the drizzle, the Manchester sprawl has given way (...)

Mike Phelan has been confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted it would be “miraculous” if Manchester United were among the sides challenging for the Premier League title next season.(...)

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany with his children  after the victory over Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Phil Noble/Reuters

What a way, potentially, to go – via the sweetest of match-winning, 30-yard goals. With almost 70 minutes played and Manchester City’s title defence i(...)

Paul Pogba applauding United  fans after the City match at Old Trafford. He  has become emblematic of Manchester United’s new status as a lost football club. Photograph: Reuters/Phil Noble

It’s not hard to imagine Alex Ferguson leaning forward in his living room, clasping a glass of single malt and nodding in solemn agreement as he watch(...)

Manager Billy McNeill celebrates after his Celtic side had secured the Scottish title with a 3-0 win over Dundee on April 23rd 1988. Photograph: Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty

As captain of Celtic, Billy McNeill, who has died aged 79, was the first British footballer to hold aloft the European Cup. That memorable image repre(...)

Everton’s Richarlison scoring with an   overhead kick against Manchester United at  Goodison Park, Liverpool. Photograph:  Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

For those with long memories the irony inherent in Richarlison’s marvellous opening goal for Everton against Manchester United was the way his overhea(...)

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