Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Manchester United’s capture of Marouane Fellaini (right) caused resentment among Everton supporters

Everton fans’ hostility ‘will be for the manager of Manchester United’ not David Moyes, says Roberto Martinez

As he prepares to return to Goodison Park competitively for the first time as Manchester United manager tomorrow, David Moyes insisted that he built Everton into the club his successor Roberto Martinez has been able to develop.

Everton v Manchester United: David Moyes’ messy exit means his Goodison Park legacy is undervalued

Martinez has lifted the Merseysiders to greater heights already, but still owes his predecessor a considerable debt

Steven Gerrard, who is 33, is a throwback to older, simpler times, too: a one-club, home-club player who belongs to a diminishing breed of footballer

Steven Gerrard profile: the Lion of Liverpool who embodies fight for Hillsborough justice and is poised to lead his club to a remarkable triumph

From the sport which has been devoured by money and by its own raging ego comes the latest chapter in what might be a story of beautiful virtue. Liverpool Football Club are this weekend seeking to stay on course to become English champions for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, just as a reckoning is coming for the 96 lives that were lost at Hillsborough in that same era.

The City manager Manuel Pellegrini has a challenge on his hands to win five trophies in five seasons

Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players

Goalkeeper Tim Howard has pledged his future to Everton

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard renews his vows with the club

Everton attempted to put behind them the bitter disappointment of a defeat which has handed Arsenal an advantage in the chase for the fourth Champions League position, by announcing a two-year contract extension for goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Vito Mannone fails to keep out Samir Nasri's late strike

Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2 match report: Vito Mannone gift saves City but title hopes falter again thanks to Connor Wickham double

Goalkeeper flaps at Samir Nasri's late leveller, but Black Cat striker's two goals in 10 minutes had already done the damage

Everton have a record points tally under Roberto Martinez

Everton v Crystal Palace: Roberto Martinez rues Bill Kenwright letting slip pledge to qualify for Champions League

The Toffees chairman announced at his new manager's inaugural press conference last June that his job interview had included the promise of a top-four finish

Fernandinho and David Silva celebrate following a Manchester City goal against Liverpool last weekend

Revealed: Manchester City players paid over £100,000 on average, more than any team in world

The fifth annual Global Sports Salaries Survey shows that club's £102,653 average weekly wage is world sport's highest

A view of the Hillsborough service

Hillsborough disaster anniversary: Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez among those at Anfield to pay tribute to the 96 who lost their lives

Merseyside was the focus as tributes were paid 25 years on from the disaster

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, will give a reading at today’s memorial service

Brendan Rodgers: The Hillsborough families are inspirational, says Liverpool manager on 25th anniversary of disaster

Dalglish has written to all 92 Football League clubs asking for donations to a display of what will be thousands of scarves, laid out on the Anfield turf in the shape of the number 96

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The man who could have been champion of the world

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter and the Bob Dylan song that immortalised him
Didn’t she do well?

Didn’t she do well?

Miranda Hart lined up for ‘Generation Game’ revival
The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money

The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money

In Iraq, mafiosi already run almost the entire oil output of the south of the country
Before they were famous

Before they were famous

Can you guess the celebrity from these British Pathe News clips?
Martin Freeman’s casting in Fargo is genius

Martin Freeman’s casting in Fargo is a stroke of genius

Series is brimming with characters and stories all its own
How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players