Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Van Gaal gives out directions to Ashley Young

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 2: Ashley Young shines brightest in a season of gloom, but Louis van Gaal still refuses to acknowledge it

Young has enjoyed a resurgence when his United career appeared over but Van Gaal's refusal to single players out sees him overshadowed by United's failures

Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger at the Emirates this season

Manchester United vs Arsenal: Louis van Gaal unhappy at criticism of Radamel Falcao's record

Van Gaal’s prickly response to questions is not helping his reputation at a time when United are going to fail for the first time since 1989 to win a trophy in two consecutive seasons

West Bromwich goalkeeper Boaz Myhill faces the taunting of an Aston Villa fan

We told you, says police chief after Aston Villa crowd trouble

Supporters came onto the pitch during and after the FA Cup tie with West Brom

Danny Welbeck celebrates after making it 2-1

Manchester United vs Arsenal match report: Danny Welbeck comes back to haunt old club as Angel Di Maria season hits new low

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 2: Nacho Monreal opened the scoring before Wayne Rooney equalised - only for former striker to score second-half winner and Angel Di Maria to see red

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria
Turnstiles at the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough stadium, through which hundreds of Liverpool fans rushed after Gate C was opened

Hillsborough sergeant John Morgan denies giving order to open Gate C

“No. No. At no point did I make any instruction to anyone"

A Liverpool football club supporter looks at floral tributes and memorabilia to Hillsborough

Hillsborough Inquest: Retired police officer John Morgan denies he made decision to open Gate C

Mr Morgan insisted 10 times that he did not issue any instruction

Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs

Manchester United vs Arsenal: A lesson Louis van Gaal could learn from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

COMMENT: Ferguson just signed players who fitted the system and gave them freedom to play, writes Ian Herbert. The current Manchester United manager could do with employing that light touch approach

Bradford vs Reading

Bradford vs Reading FA Cup preview: Thirty years on from the Valley Parade fire, Bradford’s story starts to be told

It’s football’s forgotten tragedy but a play is reawakening the events of that afternoon in 1985. As the club contemplates an FA Cup quarter-final Ian Herbert speaks to those involved on that fateful day and those helping to finally tell the tale

A Burnley fan is led away in handcuffs by police after crowd trouble during a Premier League game in 2010

Police want right of veto over 'high risk' Friday night fixtures in wake of new Premier League TV deal

Exclusive: Last month, Merseyside Police went to court to get the kick-off time for the derby between Everton and Liverpool moved to an earlier slot

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing