Although they will undoubtedly be in direct competition for a position in Louis van Gaal‘s midfield next season, Ander Herrera and Anderson appear to be enjoying each other’s company after Herrera posted an image of the two enjoying dinner together.
The arrival of the Spaniard shifts the returning Brazilian, who once promised so much but delivered so little, further down the midfield pecking order at Old Trafford but how do the pair fair against each other when you take a look at the statistics?
In 2012/13, Anderson played in 17 Premier League matches for Manchester United compared to Herrera’s 29 for Athletic Bilbao. According to Squawka’s total score of their respective seasons and individual impact, Anderson came out on top with a total score of 39.25 (per 90 metrics) with Herrera scoring 26.88.
Surprisingly Anderson also outperformed Herrera on both his attacking score and key passes stat. However, the Spaniard appears to be a better all-rounder, outscoring Anderson on defensive attributes whilst being only marginally behind on attacking attributes.
These statistics do not tell the whole story though. A season on from the collection of these statistics, the two players have followed very different paths. Anderson made four Premier League appearances for United before being sent out on loan to Serie A club Fiorentina where he played just seven matches.
Herrera on the other hand made 33 league appearances for Bilbao and scored five goals to help them to an impressive fourth place finish in La Liga.
Anderson, 26, will look to revive his career at Old Trafford next season and his first opportunity to impress new manager Louis van Gaal will be on the pre-season US Tour it will be last chance saloon for Anderson. That is if he lasts the transfer window.