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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Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
Srebrenica 20 years after the genocide: Why the survivors need closure

Bosnia's genocide, 20 years on

No-one is admitting where the bodies are buried - literally and metaphorically
How Comic-Con can make or break a movie: From Batman vs Superman to Star Wars: Episode VII

Power of the geek Gods

Each year at Comic-Con in San Diego, Hollywood bosses nervously present blockbusters to the hallowed crowd. It can make or break a movie
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Perfect match

What do strawberries and cream have to do with tennis?
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Get carried away with 10 best trays

Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Wimbledon 2015: Team Murray firing on all cylinders for SW19 title assault

Team Murray firing on all cylinders for title assault

Coaches Amélie Mauresmo and Jonas Bjorkman aiming to make Scot Wimbledon champion again
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Vasek Pospisil must ignore tiredness and tell himself: I'm in the quarter-final, baby!
Ashes 2015: Angus Fraser's top 10 moments from previous series'

Angus Fraser's top 10 Ashes moments

He played in five series against Australia and covered more as a newspaper correspondent. From Waugh to Warne and Hick to Headley, here are his highlights
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EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high