Jamie Jackson

Match by match for LVG

The uncertainty regarding Louis van Gaal’s future is understood to be causing bemusement among his players at Manchester United.

Premier League 2015-16 preview No 2: Manchester United

Louis van Gaal has created a culture of ‘no excuses’ but may fear a deficit of creative class will leave them short against Europe’s elite.

Social media clout: The world’s most popular football clubs

Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way on social media as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool try to keep up.

Yaya missing in European football action

Yaya Touré's failure to turn up in crucial Champions League ties has become the unwanted storyline of his Manchester City career.

Lovren is leading from the back

Having lived all over Europe, Liverpool's new central defender is a seasoned man at 25.

Van Gaal bemoans hoops Red Devils must jump through

Coach Louis van Gaal's start with Manchester United gives the team more travel than he'd like, due to commercial interest.

Will Balotelli’s love lead to World Cup goals?

Will he be selected to face England? Will he be on song? Will becoming engaged just three days before the World Cup starts distract Mario Balotelli?

Five things for the new manager to put right at City

From dealing with the deadwood to schmoozing the boardroom, there are five things City's new manager must get right.

Ferguson meets his match in battle of Manchester

The Manchester derby has seen the pendulum swing firmly towards the blue half of the city, much to Alex Ferguson's annoyance.

Football’s ambitious youngsters and grizzled old men

Of the eight coaches who led their teams to the quarterfinals of Euro 2008, the youngest is still in his 30s, while the oldest will be 70 next month.

Arsenal’s captain Fabtastic?

On a chilly October evening in 2003, Rotherham United arrived at Highbury for a third-round Carling Cup tie relieved that Patrick Vieira, Arsenal's formidable captain, was unable to play because of injury. In the Frenchman's place Arsene Wenger had selected a midfielder from Catalonia. Francesc ''Cesc'' Fabregas had arrived from Barcelona just four weeks earlier.

Terry’s twin ambitions

On Saturday, after the end of the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley, John Terry is hoping to do what he likes to call a ''Wisey''. Seven years ago the Chelsea captain was 19 and, having just returned from a six-game loan spell at Nottingham Forest, watched from the bench as the last final to be decided in north-west London was won by a 73rd-minute Roberto Di Matteo goal.

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