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Paul Scholes: Ander Herrera has been Manchester United's best summer signing

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Ander Herrera has been Manchester United's best signing of the season according to former midfielder Paul Scholes, who explained several reasons why the Spaniard has impressed him most at Old Trafford during a recent radio interview with News Talk's 'Off the Ball' show.

The 40-year-old Red Devils legend - who has now been making fleeting appearances as a TV pundit since retirement - admitted the £29 million signing from Athletic Bilbao did not have the easiest of starts to life with the Premier League giants, but spoke of his admiration at the way he's bounced back and come on leaps and bounds in the second half of the 2014/15 campaign.

Herrera has been one of Louis van Gaal's standout performers since establishing his place in the starting XI, and played an integral role in Manchester United's recent run of good form that has put them back in contention for Champions League qualification via a top four finish.

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"I think it was difficult for all the signings at first," reflected Scholes. "The first six, seven, eight months were very difficult.

"I think I'd have to say [Ander] Herrera’s been the one who’s impressed me most. He was another who struggled to get into the team early on but now he’s playing really well, really good football.

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"He looks like he’s going to score goals, looks like he’s going to make goals, so he’s been a great addition. He’s only a young lad as well so hopefully can get even better."

Manchester United's fine run was halted after they lost 1-0 to runaway leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend and then suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season after going down 3-0 against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The manner of the performance is what will have concerned Van Gaal the most, and the veteran Dutch coach will be hopeful his players can bounce back when they host West Bromwich Albion at the Theatre of Dreams on May 2.

Thankfully for Red Devils supporters worrying about the prospect of missing out on Europe's elite club competition as a result of the team's dip in form, nearest rivals Liverpool have failed to capitalise on the dropped points after losing three of their last five league games.

After losing 2-1 against Manchester United at Anfield on March 22, Brendan Rodgers's men went down 4-1 against Arsenal at the Emirates the following weekend and also recorded a disappointing goalless draw away at West Brom on Saturday.

The Merseyside outfit were hoping to bounce back against Hull City at the KC Stadium last night, but a first half header from Tigers captain Michael Dawson condemned the Reds to another defeat.

You can watch the full Paul Scholes interview in the video above - and have your say in the comment box provided if you disagree with his assessment of Manchester United's best summer signing...

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Paul Scholes
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Louis van Gaal
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