Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has cast doubt over Ander Herrera's future at Old Trafford, by claiming he's too small to make the grade in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old joined from Athletic Bilbao for around £29 million but has struggled to justify his fee so far.
Herrera has been limited to just six league starts this term following the arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin over the summer, and recent reports say he's unhappy with watching from the sidelines - although the 26-year-old has since claimed he's happy where he is.
Ince, who featured for the Red Devils between 1989 and 1995, insists he's never been convinced by Herrera and believes his size means he's not suited to the rough and tumble of the Premier League.
“When they bought him I thought it was a lot of money and when I first saw him he was small and looked quite weak, especially for the Premier League,” he said.
“I watched him play in Spain and he suits the Spanish game but I don’t think he suits the Premier League. When he plays he gets forward and gets a couple of goals but Van Gaal has gone for two strong ones sitting in there and it’s hard for him to fit into that.”
“I’m not sure he’s going to be a regular in a Louis Van Gaal side and although he’s a very good player he’s just more suited to Spain.”
Despite his lack of size and impact so far, Manchester United fans are keen on seeing more of the Spanish international, who has added a creative spark that has been missing from Louis van Gaal's side this season.
Manchester United have managed just 20 league goals in 14 games, while Herrera has scored twice and provided two assist in his limited game time so far.
Next up for Van Gaal's side is a showdown against West Ham on Saturday.