Barcelona keeping a close eye on Ander Herrera’s situation

by Sid Choudhary

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is reportedly on the radar of Spanish and European champions Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Herrera made the move from Spain to England last year, when he transferred to Man United from Athletic Bilbao. The Spaniard has quickly become an important player for the Reds and fans have taken to the 26-year-old.

Towards the back end of last season, Herrera cemented his place in the side as part of a five-man midfield and Louis van Gaal was delighted with his performances in that role. Herrera helped United to victories over the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City and has been one of the more impressive players since his arrival.

However, van Gaal’s decision to switch systems this season has seen Herrera struggle to get into the team on a regular basis. The manager has deployed Herrera as both a holding midfielder and as a number 10 and it is further forward where he thrives.

With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Memphis Depay all capable of playing in the number 10 role, Herrera will know that he has his work cut out for him if he wants to become a permanent fixture in the starting lineup. He will also struggle to nail down a place in a more defensive role with Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick all vying for a place in the middle of the park.

Herrera may not be playing as much as he would like but he is certainly the type of player who will put in the hard yards in order to win back his place. He is currently recovering from a minor injury and will want to get fit to ensure he is available to fight for a spot in the team when United make the trip to Everton next week.

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