Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is a Football Correspondent at The Independent.

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Wayne Rooney will see action against LA Galaxy

Wayne Rooney to face LA Galaxy in Louis van Gaal's first game in charge at Manchester United

Assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, says striker has impressed the coaching staff with his fitness levels

Rory McIlroy and the Claret Jug

Manchester United to invite Rory McIlroy to parade Claret Jug at Old Trafford following Open victory

The Northern Irishman joked about his support for Manchester United after winning the Open at Hoylake on Merseyside on Sunday

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal leads training in the United States

Manchester United pre-season tour: Louis van Gaal orders training pitches to be replaced with Old Trafford-like turf

The new United manager has wasted little time in changing the club's training complex to his liking after criticising the surface at the Carrignton base

Louis van Gaal works with Wayne Rooney during pre-season

What system will Louis van Gaal employ at Manchester United? Expect a machine of young talents and no room for dictators

The Dutchman has begun work on instilling his philosophy - one that will suit some players much more than others

The new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Louis Van Gaal unveiled: Van Gaal fears Manchester United's cash drive could damage the team

New manager expressed fears in his first press conference that commercial obligations could hamper on-field performance

Louis van Gaal is unveiled at Manchester United alongside club ambassador Sir Bobby Charlton

Louis van Gaal unveiled at Manchester United: One year on from David Moyes, the Dutchman shows the way to take over United

Assured, independent and without any pleading to Rooney – it was a far cry from David Moyes

The Maracana can be seen behind the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro

Hosts with the most: Thanks Brazil, you were a World Cup winner too

Now the football is over, Ian Herbert pays tribute to the hosts for the warmth of their welcome to the world, their unexpected success in staging the tournament, and senses a new national belief that can begin to tackle the numerous social problems that blight the country

Thomas Vermaelen of the Belgian national team

Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger thwarting Louis van Gaal over transfer

Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria, Borussia Dortmund central defender Mats Hummels and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal are United's top targets this summer

Agony: Neymar feels the pain of the challenge that put him out of the World Cup

World Cup 2014: Could Neymar play in the final? Brazil's doubt and distrust exposed as rumours echo Ronaldo in 1998

The hosts' talisman has been the talk of Brazil since his injury

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