Spanish playmaker Ander Herrera returned to Manchester United’s starting XI on Saturday and he marked the occasion with a fabulous man-of-the-match performance in the 3-0 win at Everton.
Masses of Man United fans, who all love Herrera, have been crying out for him to get more playing time, and hopefully his contribution at Goodison Park has convinced Louis van Gaal that he deserves it.
The former Athletic Bilbao man excelled in a more advanced role and, in his post-match press conference, Van Gaal singled out the 26-year-old for special praise.
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Playing in the number ten role, Herrera had the freedom to make forward runs beyond Wayne Rooney and he expertly linked United’s midfield and attack.
As a matter of fact, his goal came as a result of one of these purposeful runs. Whilst Anthony Martial was taken out by Seamus Coleman, Rooney came short which created lots of space to run into.
He broke into the box and was left totally unmarked to nod a fantastic Marcos Rojo cross past Tim Howard and, in the process, notch United’s first headed goal of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
Like his compatriot David Silva has done for years at Manchester City, Herrera floated around the pitch and popped up in all sorts of different positions. He provided guile and quality in the final third, not only with his goal but also with his defence-splitting assist for Wayne Rooney’s goal.
In general Herrera used the ball cleverly and Everton couldn’t pick him up throughout the entire match. However, from a defensive standpoint, he added tenacity and energy to United’s midfield. Whenever United were beginning to get overrun he dropped back to help out Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.
He ran tirelessly for the team and his substitution induced a standing ovation from the travelling supporters, who were extremely appreciative of his efforts.
HERRERA MUST PLAY
Man United face the tough schedule of a midweek Champions League game at CSKA Moscow, the visit of neighbours Man City, a League Cup clash against Middlesbrough and a trip to Crystal Palace in October.
There’s no doubting that this will be a defining period of the season for the Red Devils. Following his performance at Goodison, Van Gaal must select Herrera for those upcoming matches. In fact, Herrera is un-droppable after his high-class display on Merseyside.
The fact that he’s capable of playing as either a central midfielder or in a more attacking role means he provides great balance to United’s side.
In addition to his intelligence, passing ability and creativity, Herrera knows where the back of the net is. His keen eye for goal has seen him register eight goals from just ten shots on target in the Premier League since his arrival in June 2014.
Herrera is different to any other player in the current United squad and he possesses an uncanny ability to make something happen.
His performance against Everton truly was world-class and if he continues to play at that level he’ll establish himself as a United regular and a first senior appearance for the Spanish national team surely wouldn’t be too far away either.
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