Louis van Gaal believes his 50th match in charge of the side, Sunday's fixture against Swansea City, will provide the perfect opportunity to show how far the team has progressed in his reign.
Arjen Robben will replace Robin van Persie as the Netherlands captain, new coach Danny Blind said on Friday after naming the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey next month.
Reigning champions Barcelona and returning giants Manchester United were dealt favourable hands in the Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday.
Lionel Messi was voted Uefa's best player in Europe for 2014-2015 at the Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco, while Germany's Celia Sasic won the women's award.
"I have given him always the confidence that a player needs, but I think Wayne has a very strong mentality and with his level he always shall come back," Louis van Gaal said.
Manchester United ended their one-year Champions League hiatus when Wayne Rooney struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 destruction of Club Bruges that sent the three-time winners through 7-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.
AC Milan will insert a good behaviour clause into maverick striker Mario Balotelli's contract, banning extravagant haircuts and clothing and committing him to a healthy lifestyle.
With the Champions League group phase beckoning in Wednesday’s play-off round second leg against Club Brugge in Belgium, Manchester United’s problems in front of goal remain a source of concern.
Some 'tifosi' might be licking their lips, but for some pundits AC Milan fans got the rawest deal on Tuesday when Mario Balotelli became the latest Premier League flop to return 'home' in a quest to resurrect his career.
Liverpool misfit Mario Balotelli re-joined AC Milan on a season-long loan deal and said he is ready to resurrect his career although the transfer has divided fans and pundits in Italy.
Former Liverpool player John Arne Riise signed for Delhi Dynamos FC on Tuesday to add to the galaxy of former superstars plying their trade in the Indian Super League (ISL).
Chelsea's new signing Pedro has said he took a "gamble" by leaving Spanish champions Barcelona after eight successful years, but one driven by his desire for more playing time.
Arsenal's veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech's demonstrated against Liverpool on Monday why he will be an asset rather than a liability for his new team after his opening-day blunders proved so costly for the Gunners.
The big clash between Arsenal and Liverpool ended up being a 0-0 draw despite the game being a richly entertaining slugfest of two halves beneath the Emirates Stadium drizzle on Monday.
Second-half goals by Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri helped Manchester City beat Everton 2-0 to keep the team on top of the points table after three games.