Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Shinji Kagawa or Javier Hernandez could be offered to Juventus to make breakthrough

Concerns over the fitness of the Chile international are making Manchester United wary of a straight cash deal

Angel Di Maria poses with Louis van Gaal after signing for Manchester United

Angel Di Maria: Manchester United sign Argentine winger in British record £59.7m deal

Manager Louis van Gaal hails 'an excellent addition to the team,' while the player himself 'cannot wait to get started'

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal wants Juventus midfielder to join Angel Di Maria in £34m deal

However, club have doubts over Chilean's recovery from knee injury while former Manchester City enforcer De Jong is not likely to arrive as a back-up

Pellegrini marked out his striker Stevan Jovetic for special praise after his forgettable season last year

Manchester City vs Liverpool: Win is 'worth six points' says Manuel Pellegrini

Jovetic’s superb two-goal display underlines his potential as a new attacking dimension after an injury-hit season last time out

Mario Balotelli at the Etihad stadium to watch Manchester City vs Liverpool

Manchester City vs Liverpool analysis: Reds will need Mario Balotelli to recover their lost killer touches

The new signing watched from the stands - but Liverpool need help on the pitch

Angel Di Maria arrives at Manchester United's Carrington training ground on Monday night

Role reversal as Manchester United now desperately seek elite signings rather than Manchester City

The Red Devils are desperately trying to put together a squad capable of competing with the best

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini may not be sold after being pictured in crutches
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

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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
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Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
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Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
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Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
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Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
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A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
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Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker