Louis van Gaal's work at Manchester United really got underway today as the club completed a deal to bring Ander Herrera to Old Trafford.
Signing from Athletic Bilbao, the 24-year-old looks set to play a key role under the new regime at the Theatre of Dreams. It's a deal which has been a year in the making after the Red Devils failed to land the Spanish ace last summer.
That summer, they also failed to land Herrera's fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas. And, despite some reports indicating that United were interested in the ex-Arsenal man once again, new United boss Van Gaal seemingly blocked any potential move.
This led to Fabregas signing for Manchester United's Premier League rivals Chelsea, which certainly took some Red Devils fans by surprise. After all, United have appeared to be in need of midfield reinforcements for some time and a player like Fabregas doesn't come around everyday.
United, however, had different plans - plans which have now come to fruition. As mentioned, Van Gaal now has his first signing, and it's not Cesc Fabregas. The player assigned to the task of shaping Manchester United's midfield for the foreseeable future is Ander Herrera.
Questions may well be asked of Woodward and Van Gaal. After all, Fabregas is a proven an experienced Premier League player and has also won several caps for the Spanish national side. The Chelsea star also featured in this summer's tournament in Brazil.
Herrera, on the other hand, is yet to receive an international cap by Spain and has never starred in England's elite division. However, this hasn't stopped the Manchester United hierarchy snubbing Fabregas and splashing £29million on the intelligent midfielder.
However, it's a move that makes sense. Fabregas would have proved a luxury buy for United, but isn't the man they really need. The Chelsea star best suits the attacking role from midfield and is a similar player to Juan Mata.
United don't need all of Mata, Kagawa, Rooney and Fabregas. They do, however, need Herrera. Some suggestions have been made that Herrera will play as United's No.10, which is surely unlikely.
It's more likely that the new United boss will play with three in midfield and give Herrera the license to roam, but Herrera will offer the Red Devils more than just another option going forward.
The Spaniard oozes class and will help the Red Devils control football matches once again. Last season, United were very good away from home, yet terrible at Old Trafford. In 2013/14, United were suited to playing away, as they could play on the break and didn't need to keep possession.
At the Theatre of Dreams, however, United needed to control the tempo of games - which was ultimately something they failed to do more often than not. Herrera could play a crucial role in helping Van Gaal's side begin attacks. Suddenly, the likes of Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will find more space on the pitch because the midfield are in control of football matches.
Herrera can help unlock defences, as he will near enough spoon feed the Manchester United forwards. He will also play the simple pass and help tick things over at Old Trafford.
In Rooney, Van Persie and Mata, the Red Devils will have enough superstar names on the pitch at one time. Fabregas wasn't the answer, but Herrera could help answer United's problems from the Moyes era.
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