Ander Herrera produces emphatic performance against Arsenal

by Leo Nieboer

Ander Herrera delivered an excellent display during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Spaniard, who made his long-awaited international debut last week, produced a characteristically tenacious, dedicated performance.

His stats from the game reveal just how effervescent he was against Arsene Wenger’s side.

Man United fans will be bitterly disappointed with seeing their team concede late after completely dominating proceedings all afternoon. This was a game that the home side simply had to win, and they couldn’t have done much more.

There are a number of positives to draw from this game, however. The most pertinent being Mourinho, after months of trial and error, locating his ideal midfield trio: Herrera, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba. This was used against a second string Manchester City side and it worked, leading to many calling for its reintroduction.

And today’s performance simply confirmed what many already believed: this is the ideal midfield trio. With Carrick providing stability and Pogba adding sheer class and precision, Herrera adds the necessary ingredient of pure, unyielding aggression. Such a midfield trio stopped Arsenal – accustomed to dominating midfield battles – from having an impact for 89 minutes, until Olivier Giroud’s header gave the visiting side a truly fortuitous – and perhaps undeserved – point.

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