Robin Van Persie

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Burnley host Chelsea in a Division One game  from Turf Moor, Burnley circa 1965. The club have been playing on this piece of land since February 1883. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty

Angel Di Maria’s last appearance for Real Madrid came in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against neighbours Atletico almost a fortnight ago. Th(...)

Jack Rodwell of Sunderland celebrates scoring the equaliser against Manchester United at Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Sunderland 1 Manchester United 1 The crest on the shirt is still the same. The songs go to the same tune and in the closing moments, hunting a (...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal waves to the Old Trafford crowd. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

We were informed how he walked and where he walked. How he stood and where he stood. We had his facial expressions and the language of his body interp(...)

  Danny Welbeck (right) in action against Real Madrid during pre-season in Michigan. Photograph:  Duane Burleson/Getty Images

Danny Welbeck has been told by Louis van Gaal he can leave Manchester United, with the decision ultimately up to the striker as there are two years re(...)

Manchester United’s Robin van Persie could face Sunderland at the weekend. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Robin van Persie is likely to give Louis van Gaal a much-needed boost by being available for Manchester United’s trip to Sunderland on Sunday, with t(...)

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(...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal’s tenure will officialy start against Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday.  Photograph:   Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Louis van Gaal has told Wayne Rooney he must relax if he is to be a successful leader of Manchester United. Van Gaal takes charge of his first compet(...)

  Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney (right) and Darren Fletcher (left) have been named captain and vice-captain respectively. Photograph: Andrew Innerarity / EPA

Wayne Rooney has been named Manchester United captain by Louis van Gaal with Darren Fletcher becoming vice-captain. The striker has beaten Robin van P(...)

Manchester United are lining up a move for  Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo. Photograph:   Jose Sena Goulao/EPA

Louis van Gaal hopes to sign the Argentina defender Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon for €20 million and is renewing his interest in Ángel di María af(...)

Alexis Sanchez challenges Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko during their Emirates Cup game. Arsenal paid Barcelona €39 million for the player after he starred for Chile at the World Cup finals in Brazil. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

In his early days at Barcelona Alexis Sanchez was given the nickname “Cachai?”, which translates loosely into English as “do you understand what I’m s(...)

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