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 Donny van de Beek, Frenkie de Jong, David Neres, Matthijs de Ligt  and Klaas Jan Huntelaar celebrate a goal against FC Emmen. Photograph: EPA

For Ajax, any visions of Juventus spool straight to memories of the one that got away. In May 1996, Louis van Gaal’s team were on the verge of becomin(...)

Pep Guardiola last won a big European away fixture in 2011 with Barcelona. Photograph: Ian Kington/AFP/Getty

Eight years ago Pepe was sent off and Lionel Messi scored two goals, one of them brilliant, as Barcelona beat Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Cha(...)

Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson in action. Jurgen Klopp’s loyalty to him tells us a couple of interesting things about the Liverpool manager’s way of thinking. Photograph: Getty Images

Last week, Louis van Gaal gave an interview to the BBC in which he said that Ajax played better in the first leg of their Champions League tie against(...)

Ole Gunnar Solskjær walks next to the pitch at Old Trafford after being announced as the new manager of Manchester United on Thursday. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

On Thursday morning Manchester United made it official – interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been given the job on a permanent basis, the Norwegia(...)

 Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been handed a three-year deal as Manchester United manager. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

A top-four finish Important this, because any projected summer signings will think twice if Manchester United are competing in the Europa League next(...)

With his conscientious Scandinavian modesty, his get-on-with-it optimism and his apparent childlike love of the club, Ole Gunnar Solskjær could not have been more perfectly scripted as the anti-Mourinho. Photograph:  Reuters/ Eddie Keogh

It has been a sensational three months for what the men who run Manchester United – Ed Woodward and Richard Arnold – like to call “the biggest TV show(...)

Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars  and chief executive Edwin van der Sar celebrate the club’s victory  over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday night. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Last summer, seven of Ajax’s brightest stars were summoned to a room at the Dutch club’s training facility. Edwin van der Sar, the goalkeeper-turned-c(...)

 Manchester United’s Luke Shaw in action against Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Photograph: EPA

It has been an interesting part of the Ole Gunnar Solskjær revolution at Manchester United – perhaps not the most high-profile but a component nonethe(...)

Ryan Giggs is heading into a crunch spell as Wales manager. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

“I think every manager feels that loneliness,” Ryan Giggs says as he identifies the usually unspoken difficulty at the core of his work. The manager o(...)

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford. It is one of the biggest indictments of Mourinho and his tenure that supporters and pundits were starting to question whether Rashford was really that good.  Photograph: Getty Images

It has been a whirlwind two months for Manchester United. The winter of discontent which seemed inevitable at Old Trafford never materialised and now (...)

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