Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that he considered substituting Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera earlier on in the Red Devils' 4-0 Champions League play-off victory over Belgian outfit Club Brugge last night.
As reported by Sky Sports, Van Gaal, who watched his side ease to a 7-1 aggregate win to secure their place in today's group stage draw, has suggested that Herrera didn't start the game well, however improved throughout the proceedings.
Herrera netted United's fourth goal last night before eventually being replaced by Mexican striker Javier Hernandez with 25 minutes remaining.
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And Van Gaal was clearly pleased with how his dynamic midfielder responded after a tricky start to the game. The United boss told reporters: "He started not so good.
"He had a lot of ball losses and also a yellow card, so at that moment I wanted to change him, but then I saw he was coming back.
"And after that moment, he plays a good match on the 'double six' position, but later on at 10 he was better. So I'm very pleased also for him."
One thing's for sure, ahead of United's Premier League showdown with Welsh outfit Swansea City on Sunday afternoon, Herrera has certainly give his manager something to think about.
Let's be honest, considering it was his first start of the season, it was always going to prove a tricky opening period for Herrera last night, but he quickly proved that he deserves a place in this Manchester United side.
There's absolutely no doubt about it, Manchester United need a runner from the midfield department, and Herrera is exactly that. Van Gaal should play a midfield trio, including Herrera, and it would only improve the side's dynamics, as they go in search of success on both the domestic and European scene.
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