Ander Herrera has endeared himself to the Manchester United supporters since his arrival at Old Trafford in June 2014 with his keen eye for goal and classy style of play.
Fans believe the Spaniard’s dynamism and imagination on the ball will help to solve United’s current shortcomings in front of goal and are crying out for him to be restored to the starting XI.
The Spanish midfielder has been nursing an injury recently but has struggled to secure a regular starting spot for much of this season.
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The fact of the matter, though, is Herrera isn’t playing as much as he deserves despite being one of the Red Devils' superior attacking outlets.
The reason why the 26-year-old seems to be out of favour with United boss Louis van Gaal is he likes to roam around the pitch and take up different positions. In contrast, the stubborn Dutchman prefers his players to stick to very specific positions and perform within his rigid philosophy.
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However, the sooner Van Gaal realises this is why he should be playing Herrera regularly, the better.
Unfortunately for Herrera, both he and Wayne Rooney are at their best when they play just off the main striker - a position Van Gaal is unlikely to shift the latter out of.
Despite Rooney’s inconsistent displays this season, Van Gaal has opted for his captain to play the majority of United’s games this term. It's perfectly conceivable to say that if Rooney wasn’t United’s captain, he would’ve been dropped by now and Herrera would be in the position to establish himself as the club’s first-choice playmaker.
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The Spaniard loves make runs in behind the opposition defence to give United’s forwards options and uses his technical ability to create goalscoring chances for either himself or his teammates.
Not only can the former Athletic Bilbao man pick a pass, but he always seems to score when given a sustained run in the team.
Goals from midfield are vital to any team with ambition and Herrera’s goal threat would reduce the burden on Rooney and French teenager Anthony Martial.
So far this season Herrera has scored against both Merseyside clubs as well as Belgian outfit Club Brugge. His clinical nature is one yet to be truly utilised by United.
The pleas from fans for Van Gaal to reinstate Herrera will not stop, such is the favouritism amongst fans towards the Spanish midfielder.
The hope for supporters is he can return to full fitness quickly ahead of the busy upcoming Christmas period, which includes the visit of Premier League champions Chelsea.