Juan Mata hails ‘fantastic’ Ander Herrera and hopes he can keep improving

Juan Mata hails ‘fantastic’ Ander Herrera and hopes he can keep improving

Juan Mata has poured praise on Manchester United teammate Ander Herrera after what he describes as a ‘fantastic’ first season at Old Trafford.

Herrera arrived last summer, just months after his close friend had joined for a then club record fee from Chelsea, and really hit it off in his first few months at the club.

The midfielder scored in back-to-back games against QPR and Leicester, but injuries gave Marouane Fellaini the chance to impose himself on the side, leaving Herrera stranded on the bench.

But a superb end to campaign a good run of goalscoring form from the middle led to plaudits from inside and outside of Manchester, particularly from his fellow Spaniard.

“He has added his quality to the pitch and his personality to the dressing room. He’s a great midfielder. He can tackle and he’s a great offensive player – he can score goals, as he has done this season. He’s done a fantastic job for us and hopefully he can improve even more,” said Mata.

Mata himself was the first midfielder in a decade to hit ten goals from midfield in all competitions, and it was a superb season all round for midfielders, especially with all United’s first team strikers struggling for top form.

Herrera has now ensured he is a key player in Louis van Gaal‘s team and will certainly continue to have a big impact at Old Trafford next season.

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