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Manchester United post-Ferguson: how David Moyes struggled to manage the monster

The plane is on the runway at Manchester Airport but the captain is not on board. A club source confirms Nemanja Vidic has suspected sciatica. David Moyes is about to navigate his first tour as Manchester United manager through the testing lands of Thailand, Australia, Japan and China without his …

Golden Goal: Eric Cantona for Manchester United v Liverpool (1996)

Absolution comes in many forms but it can be obtained in few sweeter ways than a late FA Cup final winner against your team’s greatest rivals. Eric Cantona had spent the season searching for redemption in the wake of his eight-month ban and assault charge by leading Manchester United to a third …

From Tyson to LeBron: David Letterman's greatest sports interviews

Sport,David Letterman,MLB,NFL,NHL,NBA,LeBron James,Mike Tyson,Gymnastics,Olympics 2012: gymnastics,Tennis,Boxing,Baseball,Media,Olympic Games 2012,US sports,Olympic Games,Nascar,Motor sport,USA women's football team,Women's World Cup 2011,Football,Women's football<p>The late-night icon was a bona fide …

The Joy of Six: sporting insults | Daniel Harris

Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images<p>Lilian Thuram: shot down by Patrice Evra<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/2/1428002717693/45eb27d0-e524-4c0d-99a8-ee0f5b9e41e4-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images<p>Lilian Thuram: shot down by Patrice …

Louis van Gaal needs better advice and a sense of humour at Manchester United

What Louis van Gaal needs to learn quickly about English football is that Manchester United managers are supposed to wind everyone else up, not get suckered so easily into making fools of themselves by other managers’ comments.<p>The next thing the Manchester United manager should make a note of, if …

The curious case of Phil Jones, the Manchester United corner taker

There are many things to get angry about in life. Parking tickets, poor wi-fi, embarrassing parents and people standing right in front of you when you are trying to get off a tube train are only a few examples of what can ruin or at least semi-ruin a day. There is even one guy at the Guardian …

Gordon Taylor blunders on in football’s curious week of mistruths

Well, that was another strange week and 2015 certainly seems hell-bent on trumping its predecessors when it comes to creating football’s Dinner Party from Hell XI. Ched Evans, Dave Whelan and John Fashanu can count themselves in. Gordon Taylor has just put his name on the door and let’s not forget …

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Clayton, Edwards and Man United's historical English Midlands links

Manchester United play in West Bromwich on Monday, the town which is part of an area of the English Midlands known as the "Black Country," which …

Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal demands win at West Bromwich Albion

Louis van Gaal hopes his Manchester United team will pick up where they left off as they return to Premier League action at West Brom on Monday.<p>United held on for 2-1 wins over West Ham and Everton, lifting them to fourth place and banishing a lot of the gloom of the season’s opening weeks. Van …

There was a familiar face in Serbia v Albania riot – but why was he there?

On Tuesday night in Belgrade a football game started, but it did not end. The Euro 2016 qualifier between Serbia and Albania was abandoned in the first half after a drone carrying the insignia of so-called “Greater Albania” descended on to the pitch, sparking a mass brawl including both sets of …

The 20 photographs of the week

The Ebola outbreak, the blood moon, continuing crisis on the Turkish-Syrian border – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

David Moyes exclusive: I am ready to return to football after my Manchester United nightmare

Former Man Utd manager has open mind on next managerial position but will wait for right job<p><b>David Moyes</b> is ready to return to football and believes he is “better-equipped” as a manager after his turbulent spell at <b>Manchester United</b>.<p>Moyes was sacked in April after less than 10 months in charge of …

Roddy Doyle on Roy Keane: We love people's flaws, don't we?

Roddy Doyle’s new book was never going to be entitled Roy Keane Ha Ha Ha but the bear pit he entered by taking the project on is obvious from its …

Roy Keane could be a talented manager if only he would put aside his distracting fixation with Sir Alex Ferguson

Now that Keane has settled his scores in his autobiography, he should return to shaping them by winning games<p>When Roy Keane was quietly completing his Uefa Pro-Licence at Warwick University in June 2008, his tutors confided that the Irishman’s work was some of the most inspiring and innovative they …

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The inside story of Southampton's brilliant start to the Premier League season under Ronald Koeman

Predictions of a meltdown at Southampton following a summer exodus have been unfounded. In a special report, Jeremy Wilson reveals how the tide turned<p><i>When Mauricio Pochettino left Southampton in May, few could have imagined that the supposed sinking ship he was deserting would be more buoyant than</i> …

Tom Cleverley interview: Midfielder gets back to basics at Aston Villa

For a footballer who has to put up with more stick than any 25-year-old England international should have to endure, the first thing you notice about …