Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Liverpool vs Manchester United: How can Louis van Gaal recall Angel Di Maria in place of Juan Mata?

ANALYSIS: Manchester United looked a better side without the out-of-form Argentinian at the weekend - but that doesn't necessarily mean he should miss out at Anfield, argues Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert: In defence of Graeme Souness, a far better man than toxic Jose Mourinho

COMMENT: Portuguese manager has continued the feud into this weekend

Wayne Rooney knocked out video: 'It's in my own home. It's not public. It is what friends do'

The video has been circulating among friends of Rooney and Bardsley for several weeks

Wayne Rooney's knockout celebration against Tottenham

Cheltenham Festival 2015: Coneygree's fairy-tale Gold Cup win eclipses farewells for Tony McCoy

Nico de Boinville rides Mark Bradstock to victory in thrilling race

Uxizandre lifts Tony McCoy over the last and on to victory in the Ryanair Chase

Cheltenham Festival 2015: Tony McCoy ready to revel in the Festival rush for one final time

AP McCoy rides first winner of the week to release the pressure on his final day at the Festival as he targets one last Gold Cup

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal: A 10 point plan to a Manchester United recovery, including learning English and building the team around Angel Di Maria

ANALYSIS: Following defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup, which has ended any hopes of a trophy in his first year at Old Trafford, Ian Herbert looks at what the Dutchman needs to do to improve things

The prospect of signing Ched Evans has led several Oldham sponsors to threaten to quit

Ched Evans resigned to not playing until season after next at least

Ched Evans was convicted of rape in 2012 and sentenced to five years in jail

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

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own