Ander Herrera‘s introduction from the bench against Cambridge United changed the tempo of Manchester United’s football.
The Spanish midfielder wasn’t afraid to be more direct with his passing and it was after he and Robin van Persie came on that Man United played their best football of the match.
What Herrera has shown already this season is his threat going forward; he has an excellent passing range, a keen eye for goal and an intelligence that helps him thread the final balls.
However, a stand-out moment from the midfielder’s cameo against Cambridge United had nothing to do with attacking – it was a superb recovery tackle and pass, combined into one sweeping movement.
Herrera has got it all in his locker and he’s not afraid to get stuck in either in defence or attack, which only makes Louis van Gaal‘s decision to continue leaving him on the bench all the more strange.
Man United need a complete midfielder in the middle who can dictate play going forward and not neglect his defensive duties. At various points this season, Herrera has showcased all of those abilities.
Why isn’t Van Gaal isn’t using Herrera? We’ll be publishing an article over the next couple of days…