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Ander Herrera facing call to give evidence at match-fixing probe

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Manchester United's £28.4 million summer signing Ander Herrera could be facing a call from investigators over his involvement in a match-fixing scandal, reports the Daily Mirror.

Luckily for Louis van Gaal, there is no suggesting that Herrera, who signed from Athletic Bilbao recently, was involved in any wrongdoing. However, he may be asked to give evidence as he played a part in the game in question.

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The game

On the final day of the season in the 2010/11 season, Herrera played for Zaragoza against Levante in what was a must-win game in order to escape relegation from La Liga. Zaragoza won 2-1 and there was no suggestion of foul play at the time.

The authorities were made aware that suspicious betting patterns on the fixture and now an official investigation into the matter. It was an improbable escape for Herrera's team, who were inspired by a Gabi brace.

Other involvement

Herrera is not the only Premier League player facing a call from investigators. Swansea's new winger Jefferson Montero was also involved in the game. There is no word on whether the player's have been called up, but it is believed up to 20 of the players involved in the fixture have been asked to give evidence.

Statement

Zaragoza have denied allegations that they were involved with any illegal activity and have pledged to cooperate fully with the enquiry.

The statement read: "Real Zaragoza would like to declare that they are completely unaware of any circumstances linked to the investigations that have taken place in the wake of this fixture.

"At the same time, the club puts itself at the disposition of the judiciary and will collaborate on all questions that they have to ask."

Herrera at Old Trafford

Herrera finally made his move to Manchester United this summer after coming so close to a deal the previous year. David Moyes failed to get a deal done on transfer deadline day, but the transfer was completed in his absence a year late.

So far Herrera has established himself in Van Gaal's squad, starting four out five Premier League games, but, like many, is struggling to hit top form. Manchester United have won only one game so far, losing to both Swansea City and Leicester City.

Herrera's probable involvement with proceedings is unlikely to disrupt his time at Manchester United. The 25-year-old is likely to play a part in the now crucial game against West Ham.

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