Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Defender Marcos Rojo

Manchester United set to smash through £200m spending barrier in January transfer window

The club have funds to spend £100m per year on new players

Danny Welbeck was signed by Arsenal at the last minute amid chaos about who his agent was

Ian Herbert: Frantic deadline-day transfer business by Arsenal and Manchester United shows value of a technical director

Manchester City began working on this summer’s transfer window in October

Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley joins Aston Villa: Premier League approve midfielder’s late loan to Villa Park

Cleverley joins Villa on loan for the rest of the season

Victor Valdes has played over 500 games for Barcelona

Victor Valdes to Liverpool: Former Barcelona goalkeeper linked with free transfer

Out of contract Spaniard is available on a free

Louis van Gaal, right, and Ryan Giggs after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw at Burnley on Saturday

Ian Herbert: As transfer frenzy heads for £1bn, will any club or player do a single thing to make a difference in the real world? I doubt it

When the transfer market spending is done we will be plunged into the soap opera which it always spawns

Louis van Gaal looks on at Turf Moor on Saturday

Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal offloads fringe players as he looks to the long term

Late returns for Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Juventus’s Artur Vidal have been ruled out

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria hobbles off as Manchester United boss admits – 'We've been unacceptable'

Louis van Gaal says performance at Turf Moor was 'unacceptable'

Louis van Gaal
Angel Di Maria and Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford yesterday

Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state

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