Robin Van Persie

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 Olivier Giroud produces a spectacular sole-of-the boot volley to open the scoring against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

On a sodden, cold and otherwise underpowered afternoon at the Emirates Stadium Olivier Giroud provided an unforgettable moment of illumination. The(...)

Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United routed Fenerbahçe 4-1 at Old Trafford. Photograph: Reuters

Manchester United 4 Fenerbahçe 1 For Manchester United, this was precisely the kind of night they wanted before Sunday’s assignment at Chelsea and (...)

Fenerbahce coach Dick Advocaat and Robin van Persie ahead of Thursday night’s match. Photograph: Reuters

In 2012 “the little boy inside” told Robin van Persie to leave north London and head north. Van Persie listened and swapped Arsenal for Manchester Uni(...)

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott scores his second goal in the Champions League match against  FC Basel at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Livepic/Reuters

Arsenal 2 FC Basel 0 Theo Walcott’s shoulders actually slumped a little as the board was hoisted here. The winger stood in the middle of the pitch, h(...)

Middlesbrough are close to completing the signing of Victor Valdes. Photograph: Getty

Middlesbrough are sufficiently confident of signing Víctor Valdés to have booked the former Barcelona and Manchester United goalkeeper in for a medica(...)

Manchester City have the richest owner in Sheikh Mansour; United, however, boast a worldwide reach as Ed Woodward continues to grow the business

Managers Manchester City Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, head coach are six words to delight all City fans and make every Manchester United devote(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the sidelines during the Premier League game against  Manchester United at Old Trafford. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger has long been on intimate terms with disappointment, so he was well qualified to comment on just how big a disappointment it was to los(...)

Nicky Butt is not much into symbolism, though – this is a man without a single medal or item of memorabilia on display at home. He is into reality and is quite aggressive about it. Those are qualities Manchester United need badly. Photograph: Getty Images

Even inside a church, Nicky Butt was prepared to make a challenge. It was September 2009 and beneath the towering arches of Durham Cathedral, coinci(...)

Amedspor fans cheer outside the stadium before the Turkish Cup quarter-final  soccer match between Amedspor and Fenerbahce in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph:  Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Tear gas hung in the air and an F-16 fighter jet roared overhead, as the two teams took their places on a football pitch in Diyarbakir, the unwilling (...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “We still have a good team and we can still score goals. I am convinced of that. But we also need a little luck.”

Louis van Gaal may seek to solve Manchester United’s goalscoring problems by buying a new striker in the transfer window. United have just 25 goals in(...)

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