Although Manchester United failed to replicate last week’s result, midfielder Ander Herrera had no problem making yet another solid display against Stoke City on Sunday.
Following a flying start to their campaign, Man United have stumbled in recent weeks as a result of their lack off command in midfield, a problem which looks to have been put to bed by the Spaniard.
The 27-year-old put in a disciplined performance against the Potter’s on Sunday in a 1-1 draw and has put in a solid argument for cementing his place in the starting XI.
Fans took to social media to express their appreciation for the midfielder.
Ander Herrera has found a new level of performance this season so far. On the fringes for the past 2 years but this could be his season.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) October 2, 2016
Ander Herrera has been excellent as the holding midfield player. Offers incisive passing and great intensity in breaking up play. #MUNSTK
— Dan H (@dannyothello) October 2, 2016
Nothing has made me more happier this season than seeing Ander Herrera receive the key role his quality deserves.
— Jayden Cross (@jaydenmcross) October 2, 2016
— Mark is Red! (@Phantomized) October 2, 2016
— MEO Mose z (@MeoClark) October 2, 2016
With teams exploiting United’s midfield in recent times, Herrera has been solid in the holding midfield role, emerging as an unexpected solution. With such a gritty display in recent games, he has been favoured over specialist holding midfielders Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin and Micheal Carrick.
Herrera’s ability to stay back not only helps break opposition attacks and push the ball forward to launch a counter-attack, but has also allowed Paul Pogba move ahead with freedom.
The Spaniard’s role in midfield has been crucial in making the team click recently and Mourinho will expect more fluency from his side in the coming fixtures.