Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Phil Jones (right) in action against Valencia on Tuesday has mostly occupied the sweeper’s role for Manchester United in pre-season

How Louis van Gaal’s tactical risk can revive United

Dutch coach’s preferred formation has rarely found favour in Premier League, writes Ian Herbert, but if the players can adapt it can shore up a side's defence while also delivering attacking opportunities

Dejan Lovren at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground. The defender feels that moving to Anfield was his destiny

Anfield offers another new life for Liverpool new boy Dejan Lovren

Liverpool’s £20m summer signing knows better than most that football isn’t all Bill Shankly said it was. He explains to Ian Herbert how a tough upbringing, fleeing civil war in Yugoslavia, prepared him for any challenge the game brings

Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring for United on Tuesday

Marouane Fellaini clings to Manchester United dream as Napoli offer an escape route from vitriolic fans

The 26-year-old is seen as a totem of the disastrous David Moyes tenure at Old Trafford

Alberto Moreno

Liverpool transfer news: Alberto Moreno deal could reach £18m, with Martin Kelly set for Crystal Palace move

Initial fee of £12m for left-back could rise depending on international appearances

Wayne Rooney wore the armband against Valencia

Louis van Gaal names Wayne Rooney as new Manchester United captain

And Scottish midfielder Daren Fletcher will be his deputy

Louis van Gaal signs salutes United fans before the match

Manchester United vs Valencia match report: Louis Van Gaal’s subdued coronation rescued by David Moyes’ old jester Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United 2 Valencia 1: Midfielder scores late winner as Red Devils complete pre-season preparations with another win

Lucas Leiva is hopeful that he will join Napoli

Liverpool's Lucas Leiva edges closer to reunion with Rafa Benitez at Napoli

The Brazilian midfielder posts a picture of light at the end of the tunnel

A record crowd for a US soccer match of 109,318 watched Manchester United play Real Madrid in Michigan

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Are United in better shape than Liverpool?

Ahead of their showdown in Miami, Louis van Gaal is trying to turn around United's slump, while Brendan Rodgers is still trying to fill the void left by Luis Suarez's departure
Phil Jones of Manchester United clears the ball against Dani Carvajal of Real Madrid during at Michigan Stadium

Manchester United vs Real Madrid: Louis van Gaal feels team is 'going the right way' after victory over European Champions

Manager praises defence as his in form side prepare to face arch rivals Liverpool in International Champions Cup final

Ashley Young and Wayne Rooney celebrate the opening goal in Ann Arbor

Manchester United vs Real Madrid match report: Ashley Young the star as Louis van Gaal's men beat European champions

Manchester United 3 Real Madrid 1: Largest crowd ever at a soccer match in the US witness another pre-season win for United

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