Ander Herrera and Daley Blind enjoy strong passing game against Sunderland

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United’s second half dominance against Sunderland on Saturday has been further emphasised by a statistic showing Ander Herrera and Daley Blind made more passes (181) than Sunderland’s entire team.

Herrera and Blind sat back as Louis van Gaal played with wingers from the start for the first time this year and the duo had no problem controlling the game, especially when the visitors were reduced to ten men.

But United fans will be disappointed by the lack of risky passes into the box given the pair completed almost 200 passes between them.

Whilst Blind plays to keep things safe, Herrera has a more adventurous style but van Gaal will be pleased to see his team kept possession well as United enjoyed over 70% of the ball.

Many questions have been asked about van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ actually is and Herrera himself spoke midweek about the need for the team to keep the ball and open teams up by creating space.

Whilst it has made for several boring performances and an overall lack of chances created, United are at the very least winning the majority of their games and van Gaal will be happy to see his players are starting to keep hold of the ball better.

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