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(...)

Crystal Palace’s Don Rogers tackles Manchester United forward Ian Storey-Moore at Selhurst Park in 1972. “The whole [United] team went missing that day,”  says Mulligan. “Their attitude was terrible.”  Photograph: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Paddy Mulligan sits and shakes his head, wondering aloud whether it could be really 45 years ago but then the former full-back, now 72, starts rattlin(...)

Here’s a story about bad lads and Leicester City. Unlikely as it sounds, it concerns Frank O’Farrell and Reggie and Ronnie Kray. O’Farrell, born in (...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has inherited a bit of a mess but he is the man to sort it out. As well as coaxing the best out of what he’s got, he is also committed to blooding young players. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Saturday. 12.45pm. Old Trafford will be graced by a true sporting great. Nope, not Maroune Fellaini, but Rory McIlroy, the world’s best golfer and a U(...)

 Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford prior to a Champions League match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich in 2010. Photograph:Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

There is a famous story about Louis van Gaal from his time at Bayern Munich. Van Gaal had insisted from the start on two major protocols at team meals(...)

A plane displaying a banner in protest against David Moyes is flown over Old Trafford last month. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

In Frank O’Farrell’s day, he started getting suspicious when he turned up for Bobby Charlton’s testimonial dinner and discovered that he was no(...)