Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has welcomed manager Louis van Gaal's decision to give his players Christmas Day off.
Unlike his predecessors David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson, Van Gaal has instructed his players to stay at home on Thursday, even though they have a match at home to Newcastle 24 hours later.
Christmas Day training has been cancelled and the players will report for duty the following morning at the AON Training Complex in Carrington.
Playing on Boxing Day will be a new experience...
For a long time now, Newcastle United have been a team of extremes under Alan Pardew.
After the defeat to Sunderland on Sunday, Newcastle have won only one of their last six games. Before that the club won an impressive six in a row. And before that they'd not won any of their first seven league games!
The "Pardew out" movement knew all they had to do during the recent winning streak was sit back and wait for the appalling run of form and results to show up once again. Pardew described Sunday's derby...
The Board of Rangers Football Club are very disappointed with the SFA's decision and will now consider all our options.
The Scottish Football Association has turned down a request from Rangers to allow Mike Ashley to increase his shareholding at Ibrox.
Newcastle United owner Ashley, according to Press Association Sport, signed up to an agreement with the SFA that limits his stake to 10 percent but wanted a new deal that would allow him three times that amount.
However, the SFA said in a statement...