Let me start by saying this. Ander Herrera has been a brilliant player for Manchester United over the last half-decade, and with rumours swirling suggesting he’s ready to walk away from Old Trafford on a free transfer it’s all-too-easy to forget about his brilliant ability.
The Basque-born midfielder has missed the last few weeks. Apparently he has a hamstring problem, I’m not so sure whether that’s genuine or not, for me, the timing seemed a little sceptical, to say the least…
With that said, he’s still a United player and his mentality is one that’ll never change. Herrera will always give it his all and the Red Devils have sorely missed him recently.
Two wins from eight in his absence is damning. Pretty much every statistical category is worse when Herrera is not playing in comparison to when he is. Thanks to WhoScored for those stats and the below graphic…
As they say, the proof is in the pudding. United are unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Ander Herrera in the team. Tomorrow’s Manchester derby is the biggest league meeting between the two sides in probably half a decade. Win and not only do we give our chances at finishing in the top four a huge boost, but it also dents City’s title hopes.
Herrera is the man that makes us tick. Whether or not you think United should bow into his contract demands isn’t really important at his time. Instead, he’s currently a member of this squad, why not utilise his ability?
I know Fred has done well over the last month or so but Herrera is the glue that keeps this midfield together. On both sides of the ball he’s so key. Not only is he an underrated intercepter and tackler, he can also get United moving in the right direction due to his ball movement, passing ability and overall mobility.
Against City, Herrera matches up well with Ilkay Gundogan in the heart of that City midfield. In a one-on-one match-up, I’d choose a half-fit (supposedly) Herrera every time. It gives United a slender edge in the all-important area of the park.
For Solskjaer, it’s now about sucking it up and utilising a quality player while we have him. At the end of the day Herrera is off in the summer whether we like it or not, but helping delivering Champions League football would be a lovely little parting gift, right?