Having had the full summer off to rest thanks to no international duties at all, Herrera has had a much longer break than most and will be happy to be back alongside his team-mates at the club.
Herrera emerged last season from somebody who frustratingly spent so long on the sidelines to become a central figure and one of Louis van Gaal‘s most important players.
His guaranteed place in the starting XI has been taken away thanks to the arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin but he’ll be doing his hardest to keep himself firmly at the forefront of Van Gaal’s plans.
Such is Herrera’s infectiously warm persona, even Valencia couldn’t help but smile alongside him at training last night (and that takes some doing!):
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) July 14, 2015
— Antonio Valencia (@anto_v25) July 14, 2015
It’s great to see Herrera happy to be back in red because fans certainly are too, but it has to be conceded that next year he won’t be a guaranteed starter any more.
With all the new signings United have made, competition is hotting up and although most fans would agree that Herrera is in their starting XI, he has a job on his hands to maintain a regular spot in the first XI.