Ander Herrera must prove himself at Manchester United

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Ander Herrera was always going to join Manchester United, wasn't he...the Spaniard's move to Old Trafford was a year in the making and was finally completed at the beginning of the Louis van Gaal regime. 

Clearly, then, the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder had built up quite the reputation with the powers that be at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Early struggles 

However, after arriving for a massive fee this past summer, his early United career hasn't exactly gone to plan. Injuries have taken their toll on the 25-year-old midfielder, with the player having spent four separate spells out on the sidelines. 

Just when he's appeared to be hitting a bit of form, he's been struck down. But, there will come a time when he plays week in, week out, and starts to prove his credentials at one of England's greatest clubs...

Why? Because he's full of class; he has a little bit of everything...strong in possession, with an eye for goal, he can create and help dictate football matches. 

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I will say it quietly, but there's even a bit of Paul Scholes about him. Of course, there can be no comparison, but with his range of passing and ability, he is good enough to become a key member of Louis van Gaal's squad at the Theatre of Dreams. 

Carrick influence 

It's no secret that Manchester United have struggled in the middle of the park for some time. Michael Carrick has, without a doubt, been the club's standout performer in the position for some time now, but he is reaching the end of his career. In truth, he may only have another 18-months left in him at the top...

So, someone else must stand up and become United's main man. And that man can be Herrera. 

There's no doubt about it, he fits the Manchester United mould. He's very much a United-type player. His style of play suits the club, but he must now prove it. He has to stay injury free and cement his place in Van Gaal's starting XI. 

Herrera goals 

And every team needs a midfield goalscorer. Herrera can be United's. Yes, it was Yeovil Town, but his splendid strike this past weekend shows just what he can offer from outside of the box. 

If he can build a relationship with the duo of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, then English teams will struggle to stop United. With the pace of Argentine Angel di Maria and the goalscoring ability of Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, the future looks extremely bright for the Red Devils.

United fans have seen glimpses of brilliant football this season, but they will no doubt be hoping to see even more in the coming months. Herrera can be at the forefront of that.

Herrera, then, must now kick on in the second half of the season and prove his worth as he goes in search of making his Old Trafford career a success. He has the potential to deliver. 

Manchester United fans: Will Herrera become a key player for your side? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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