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 Hannes Halldorsson of Iceland saves  Lionel Messi’s penalty during the 1-1 draw in Moscow.  Photograph: EPA

Argentina 1 Iceland 1 Sometimes you hit a wall, and Iceland make a bigger wall than most. The trials of Lionel Messi in the national shirt of Argenti(...)

If Andres Iniesta had spent his career in teams that required him to run 50 metres on a regular basis, most of us would never have heard of him. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

In Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football (2000), author David Winner meets the photographer Hans van der Meer, who was known in the (...)

Michael Carrick of Manchester United protects the ball from Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona during an International Champions Cup match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Saturday. Photo: Josh Edelson/Getty Images

Michael Carrick has no qualms about fighting Bastian Schweinsteiger and Moran Schneiderlin for a place in the Manchester United first team this season(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels his side is lacking pace and creativity. Photograph: Getty

Q: Why have you brough Sergio Romero to the club? A: “I think that in our circumstances, with the threat that David de Gea is going to Real Madrid, we(...)

Argentina beat Colombia 5-4 on penalties to reach the Copa America semi-finals. Photograph: Afp

Argentina 0 Colombia 0 (Argentina win 5-4 on penalties) Substitute Carlos Tevez scored the decisive spot kick as Argentina earned a penalty shootout v(...)

Chris Brunt’s deflected free-kick gave West Brom a 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photograph: Getty

Manchester United 0 West Bromwich Albion 1Manchester United gave Liverpool more than a glimmer of hope in their push for Champions League qualificatio(...)

 Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria (L) displays his new shirt and number on the pitch at Old Trafford with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Ashley Young is sure Manchester United did not make an expensive mistake when they spent €80 million and broke the British transfer record to sign Ang(...)

Radamel Falcao celebrates putting Manchester United two goals up in their 3-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford. (Photograph: Reuters/Darren Staples)

Manchester United 3 Leicester City 1 Robin van Persie ended his dry spell with a spectacular finish that propelled Manchester United to a comfortable (...)

Robin van Persie takes to the pitch against Cambride United last weekend. “For the moment I am staying here for 18 months. That is it really.” Photo: Julian Finney/Getty

Robin van Persie says he is unsure what will happen regarding his long-term future at Manchester United.Van Persie’s contract expires in summer 2016,(...)

Angel Di Maria slips past QPR’S Charlie Austin during their Premier League match at Loftus Road last week, the Manchester United midfielder was played as a striker by Louis van Gaal. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters.

Louis van Gaal has come out fighting over supporters’ criticism of his 3-5-2 formation, accepting that the players might be more comfortable with 4-4(...)

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