Ander Herrera stars on first Manchester United start

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera produced a sublime individual performance on his first start for the Red Devils since completing his £29 million transfer from Athletic Bilbao last month. The 24-year-old was instrumental in United's 7-0 demolition of LA Galaxy on Wednesday night - which was also Louis van Gaal's first match in charge of the Premier League giants.

The Spaniard laid on three assists and played a part in two other goals as United tore their MLS opponents to shreds at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Watch: Herrera's individual highlights v LA Galaxy

Man of the Match display

Herrera picked up the Man of the Match award for his instrumental display, which left the watching Manchester United supporters purring.

Speaking to the Red Devils' website after the match, the former Athletic Bilbao star said: "It was a dream for me to play in the red shirt – I will keep this shirt with me always. I hope this is the start of a lot of games for United.

"It wasn't only me in this game though, I think the whole team enjoyed the game and did well. It's the first match and we have done good things. It's a good step and we're very happy."

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Have United landed a superstar?

This may have merely been a pre-season friendly against a vastly-inferior side, but Herrera's performance made people sit up and take notice.

Toughest tests await the midfielder and his teammates - starting on Saturday, against AS Roma - but Herrera managed to show the club's supporters what he's all about.

Not only was he creative in the final third - with his clever through balls and neat touches - he was also industrious and treated the match as if it were a competitive fixture.

Do United still need Vidal?

There have been many calls for United to break the bank in order to bring Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal to Old Trafford this summer; however, the first performance of Herrera - combined with his impressive work on the training ground - may convince Van Gaal that Vidal is not an essential purchase.

It's no secret that Van Gaal is a huge fan of AS Roma's Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman. Perhaps the United boss will decide to launch a bid for the cheaper 24-year-old, who is working his way back to fitness after a lengthy injury lay-off, if Juventus refuse to sell their in-demand Chile international.

But with the signing of Herrera safely secured, the future looks bright for United regardless.

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