Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012
Ched Evans at Manchester City

Ched Evans comment: Too much money, too much time...

After turning professional with City, Ched Evans swapped the daily structure of his scholarship for empty hours, a huge salary and a life of excess common to young players. But that’s no excuse for the events that unfolded and his failure to apologise to his victim, writes Ian Herbert

Ched Evans in action for Sheffield United in 2012

Ched Evans Special Report: The rattlesnake, the tarantula and the day Evans took revenge on a team-mate

The footballer – who has just served two and a half years for rape – and his co-accused indulged in strange behaviour years before they came to trial

Luke Shaw challenges Didier Drobga

Luke Shaw finally proves his worth at Manchester United after shaky start

United defender has emerged from a difficult period with his pride intact

Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic is sent off by referee Phil Dowd

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1: Jose Mourinho has dig at officials over Branislav Ivanovic's late dismissal

Serbian was dismissed for second yellow card before late United equaliser

Robin van Persie celebrates his late equaliser

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 1 comment: Glimpses of the old United slowly being restored

Van Gaal changed his ways in an attempt  to make some headway and it worked

Michael Holding (left) surrounded by jubilant young supporters after his 14 wickets had given West Indies a 231-run win at The Oval in 1976, sealing a 3-0 series victory

Ian Herbert: India should be trying to help save West Indian cricket

COMMENT: Not crushing it with a law suit over the aborted tour

Jose Mourinho (left) and Louis van Gaal go back a long way, having worked together at Barcelona

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Modesty of Louis van Gaal makes nice contrast with his old pupil Jose Mourinho

But Dutch master is ready to outsmart his former protege

Suarez competes for the ball against an Indonesia U-19 side

Liverpool are missing Luis Suarez – but not the toxic damage to their name

COMMENT: Suarez will return to football after his four-month ban

Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for £32m in the summer

Manchester United vs Chelsea: Louis van Gaal expects Diego Costa to feature for the Blues on Sunday

United manager also confirms Di Maria will play

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