Roy Keane

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There was a photograph of Grant Leadbitter on his knees on the final whistle against Portsmouth. It screamed. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

He was down by the sea again, down at a spot where he went fishing as a boy. Roker Pier, the lighthouse at the end, Grant Leadbitter would throw his l(...)

Leinster’s  Tadhg Furlong reacts as he scores the first try during the Champions Cup final  between Leinster and Saracens at St James’ Park  in Newcastle. Photograph:   Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Summertime, and the sporting seasons are overlapping. Being a proud Wexford man, Tadhg Furlong went along to Parnell Park with a few Leinster teammate(...)

Alex Scott interviews Raheem Sterling at the BT Sport Industry awards. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty

My favourite show growing up was Goals on Sunday. Every Sunday, after coming home from mass, I would spend my morning watching the incredibly relaxed,(...)

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez will be in a hurry to forget this season. Photograph: PA

Manchester United A purple patch following José Mourinho’s sacking aside, it has been a truly disastrous season for United. There are any number of o(...)

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino: Oedipal struggle. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

It’s not just football tactics that have grown more complex since Roy Keane’s day, as Ken Early explained brilliantly this week. Football metaphors ar(...)

Naby Keita of Liverpool scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League win over Huddersfield Town. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

When Liverpool scored after 15 seconds against Huddersfield Town on Friday night, one common reaction would have been to bemoan the lack of competitiv(...)

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(...)

Manchester City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola during his team’s win at Old Trafford. Photograph: PA

In prospect, six weeks ago, in that golden age when Manchester United didn’t have a permanent manager, the derby looked like being the biggest obstacl(...)

 Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva celebrates his goal at Old Trafford. Photograph: Reuters

Manchester United 0 Manchester City 2 Every season, there is always one decisive game when the team who are going to win the Premier League knows it (...)

Martina Cox pictured with her husband Sean Cox at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire. Photograph supplied by family.

I’m in the front room of Sean Cox’s house, sitting with his wife, Martina, on the grey curved sofa that he designed. Opposite us is the large flatscre(...)

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