Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has tore into the current crop of players after David Moyes was sacked by admitting “some of the players should be ashamed of themselves”.
Late nights in Dubai, expletive nicknames for the coaching staff, arriving at an airport late for a Champions League quarter-final with a smile on your face and a self-management help guide. These are the deciding factors behind David Moyes getting the sack as Manchester United’s season fell apart.
Real Madrid could go into their Champions League semi-final first leg with Bayern Munich without Gareth Bale after the Welshman was kept away from the rest of the squad having suffered a bout of flu on the eve of the Santiago Bernabeu clash.
The World Cup in Brazil is coming into view and everyone is hoping this summer's carnival can take its place among some of the great tournaments of the past, but who will be the star of the show?
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Petr Cech's season is at a premature end after the Chelsea goalkeeper was injured in the Champions League semi-final first leg goalless draw at Atletico Madrid.
Sir Alex Ferguson will be asked for his view on who should replace David Moyes as manager of Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho sparked a potentially major controversy in the Premier League season when he said tonight he would field a considerably weakened team against Liverpool on Sunday in what will be a critical game in the title race.
It was a slip of the tongue from Carlo Ancelotti and it revealed almost as much about Wednesday night's meeting between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid as everything else he said.
Manchester City will learn on Wednesday whether their hopes of overhauling Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table have suffered a crucial blow when influential midfielder David Silva undergoes a full scan to determine the severity of the injury he picked up on Monday.
It was after he was instrumental in winning the second leg against Olympiakos in the Champions League that Ryan Giggs last spoke at any length about his 24th season as a professional at Manchester United. He has stopped hundreds of times after games in hundreds of stadiums around the world over the years and perfected the footballer's art of diplomacy, but this time you could see it was a strain.
Liverpool will allow Brendan Rodgers a net outlay of £40m in the summer transfer market – more than any other Anfield manager – as the club seek to build on their qualification for the Champions League.
Leicester City clinched the Championship title with two games to spare, a 1-0 win at Bolton moving Nigel Pearson's side seven points clear of Burnley in second.
Manchester United are determined to recruit an experienced manager to succeed David Moyes, with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal and Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti their top targets tonight.
They may all be out of contract in the summer but Jose Mourinho can still rely on Chelsea’s old guard to dig in on the big occasions.
Chelsea take a well-earned draw back to Stamford Bridge after their Champions League semi-final first leg stalemate against Atletico Madrid.
It was seven years ago when Jorge Valdano, the former Argentina international and Real Madrid general manager, upset Jose Mourinho by calling the fare served up by his Chelsea side and that offered in return by Rafael Benitez’s Liverpool as ‘s*** on a stick’.
At least the viewers of ITV had the spectacle of Roy Keane blaming the Manchester United players for David Moyes’ demise, those of us in the Vicente Calderon stadium just had the football – or what occasionally passed as football – to keep us occupied tonight.
Thibaut Courtois, the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper on loan from Chelsea, starts against his parent club in the Champions League semi-final first-leg tie between the teams tonight at the Vicente Calderon.
An ill-conceived beginning met a suitably ugly end. From start to finish the reign of David Moyes has reflected poorly on Manchester United, the American ownership and the apparatchiks who run the club.
If managing Manchester United was too big a job for David Moyes the concern with Louis van Gaal is whether ‘King Louis’ is too big for Manchester United. Not only does Van Gaal have ‘big club’ experience in abundance he has an ego to match.