Ander Herrera criticised by Garth Crooks despite starring role against Everton

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Ander Herrera produced a stunning performance for Manchester United to help them brush aside Everton on Saturday.

His header to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead capped a fine display that has surely cemented his place in the starting line-up in the coming weeks.

Many United fans have been calling for the Spaniard to be given an extended run in the team having impressed when given the opportunity since his move from Spain.


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However, BBC pundit Garth Crooks believes the Spaniard is 'fortunate' Wayne Rooney is such an accommodating captain and believes the former Atheltic Bilbao man has been detrimental to the England international at times.

Having named Herrera in his team of the week, Crooks said: "Herrera is very fortunate to have such an accommodating captain as Wayne Rooney who has waited patiently for him and other new arrivals to come to terms with Louis van Gaal’s new system, often to Rooney’s detriment."

At times it seems Herrera has had to work harder than any other Manchester United player to prove his worth to Van Gaal.

Despite scoring six goals and assisting another four in his debut campaign, the 26-year-old has had to bide his time this season as the Dutch boss looked for a formula that involved Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Having only started 19 Premier League games as United finished fourth last time around, he was rated as the third highest performer in their squad, as per WhoScored.

Quite impressive for someone who is a detriment to their captain. However, Garth Crooks is capable of producing some questionable punditry, after all he was the man who tipped Scotland international James Morrison for an England call-up.

Has Ander Herrera ever been a detriment to Wayne Rooney? Have your say in the comments section below!

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