Jose Mourinho needs to keep Ander Herrera at Manchester United

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This week Manchester United's underused midfielder Ander Herrera posted a picture on Instagram after a day of training at his first ever club, Real Zaragoza.

With speculation that Jose Mourinho will enact a 13-man cull of the Red Devils, here are five reasons why he should hold on to the Spaniard.

1. He didn't cost £28 million for nothing

Despite the madness that surrounds footballing price tags these days, they do work as a reflection of a player's dominance at his current club.


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When he left Athletic Bilbao in June 2014 they were desperate to keep hold of him, attempting to reject United's bids regardless of the fact that they met his buyout clause.

He helped the Basque side reach the Europa League and Copa del Rey finals in his last season and was by far their best player - hence the hefty buyout price and reluctance to let him leave easily.

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2. He could be the next Paul Scholes

Herrera was quick to announce his admiration for the United legend when he joined and repeated his esteem in 2015 in an interview with the club website in which he said: 'I remember Paul Scholes as a player who could defend, who could attack, who could pass, who could tackle, who could do everything. He was a complete player.'

Scholes reciprocated the praise by naming Herrera the signing that impressed him the most in the 2014-15 season.

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Herrera's attempts to mould himself on Paul Scholes are evident in his play; he reads the game well, picks out clever passes, is unselfish on the ball and can add ten goals a season.

3. He's a dressing room and fan favourite

Mourinho famously lost the dressing room in his last run out at Chelsea, and with Herrera frequently seen laughing and joking with his teammates, the loss of him as a character would surely turn the dressing room against the contentious Portuguese manager.

Furthermore, his online presence and attitude towards being a Red have made Herrera soar in the opinion of the Old Trafford faithful.

Mourinho should not risk upsetting the fans by shipping out Herrera when there are so many other players United fans would prefer to see the back of.


4. He wasn't the only one to struggle under the Van Gaal regime

Herrera struggled to get a look-in as a creative player in a possession-oriented side.

If Mourinho decides Herrera is not his kind of player and he gets snapped up by Manchester City, Real Madrid or Juventus - who are all reportedly interested - it could be another case of why on earth did he sell him (see Angel di Maria at PSG or Javier Hernandez at Bayer Leverkusen).

5. Work ethic

Herrera is back in training two months ahead of the opening premier league clash against Bournemouth on August 13. In a world where players' commitment is always being questioned, Herrera provides an old-fashioned work ethic and conscious drive to keep improving.

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Mourinho will need hard workers and team players more than ever when his first campaign begins in August.

With The Mirror reporting that Mourinho has text every player in the squad telling them they will get a chance to prove themselves, there could still be hope for the Spanish fan favourite.

The only problem is the cramped United midfield might see him struggle once again to assert his place in the first 11.

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