Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has endured a tricky start to his Old Trafford career, but that's not been entirely his fault.
Injury has taken its toll on the Spanish star that United splashed out on from Athletic Bilbao this past summer, and he's yet to make a real impact on the side on a consistent basis.
It certainly didn't start well for him at the club: as United fans were desperate to see the team perform in their first Premier League game of the season under Louis van Gaal, Swansea City secured all three points on a day to forget for Herrera and Co.
In fact, Herrera's competitive debut was cut short as he was replaced by Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini after picking up an injury. Upon his return, however, he started to prove his credentials for the club. In fact, in successive games against QPR and Leicester City, Herrera found the net as his United career appeared to have taken off.
But, as he started his third league game in a row for the club, against West Ham United, injury once again forced him off the pitch - ultimately keeping him out of action for almost another month.
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And, after returning at the Hawthorns against West Brom late last month, Herrera had a shocker and was once again replaced by Fellaini - this time at half-time. He certainly didn't look fit and appeared to be way off the pace.
On the bench
And he's been made to pay for it. Since the opening half against the Baggies, Herrera hasn't appeared for the Red Devils. In the two big clashes - against the duo of Chelsea and Manchester City - Herrera played no part, whilst he also failed to enter the frame against strugglers Crystal Palace last weekend.
That's perhaps why he's been linked with a shock move away from the club just months after joining them. But, the link away from the Theatre of Dreams seems ridiculous. After all, it was always going to take the La Liga man a couple of months to adjust to Premier League football, but because of setbacks it looks set to take him a little while longer.
In Herrera, Manchester United have a player full of ability; a player who is naturally gifted and will surely succeed over the coming years at the club. Of course, it can be suggested that Louis van Gaal is freezing him out at the Theatre of Dreams, but in truth, he's probably just biding his time to bring the Spaniard back into the first-team fold.
He can step up
The 25-year-old will be given a run of games in the team soon, and he will be desperate to take it. There's no way Van Gaal will give up on him yet, as he fits his so called philosophy perfectly.
Given time, Herrera will help create attacks for the Red Devils and he can play an instrumental role alongside the likes of Michael Carrick and Daley Blind in the middle of the park.
Despite his troubles, he's already proved that he has an eye for goal, and he has more than enough about him to prove his credentials over the course of the campaign. Let's forget about this January departure nonsense.
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