After an embarrassing display in the English Premier League last season, new coach, Louis Van Gaal and team Manchester United looked to strengthen the midfield and bring in youthful players; one player in particular that has proven to be a great signing so far, is Ander Herrera.
Herrera is a Spanish midfielder who spent most of his playing days in the Spanish La Liga at Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao. In 2011, Herrera’s first season with Athletic Bilbao proved to be a successful one by playing in 54 matches and contributing with four goals. Most recently, Herrera was signed to Manchester United for £28.4 million and has started every preseason game so far. Herrera made his debut in the 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy and contributed with three assists in the match.
Having started in all preseason matches, it shows how much trust Louis Van Gaal has in the Spanish midfielder. This was a great signing for Manchester United due to the need for midfield help. Herrera can provide the midfield with plenty of help and is one of the most competent passers in Europe. Herrera is a creative genius and at 24, Herrera has plenty of soccer left in the tank and could become the face of the team in a few years, along with teammate Adnan Januzaj.
With Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 wingback formation, it will be crucial for the midfield to get back and help on defense and that is why Herrera was signed. Herrera has the ability to switch from the attack to defense in a blink of an eye and will not hesitate to remain in a defensive role if need be. Herrera will be knocked for not being much of a goal scorer but that does not mean Herrera can’t be a force in the offensive third. Herrera has the capability of scoring but would rather choose the better option to help bring in a team victory.