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Gary Neville: Ander Herrera was my Man of the Match against Chelsea

by Leo Nieboer

Gary Neville has picked out Ander Herrera as his ‘Man of the Match’ following Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League.

The Spaniard provided a sumptuous assist for Marcus Rashford in the seventh minute before going on to net his side’s second just four minutes into the second half.

Perhaps his most important contribution, however, was the way in which he successfully man-marked Eden Hazard out of the game all afternoon.

And Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, didn’t need much time when it came to choosing his ‘Man of the Match’.

“It could have been any one of the Manchester United players but he was the engine, the goal-scorer and the assister. He was the man of the match,” he said.

Managers will use Herrera as a benchmark – a tactical case study, if you will – for when it comes to approaching games against Chelsea. That is how emphatic his man-marking job on Eden Hazard was. His 90 minute pocketing session of the diminutive Belgian demonstrated to the watching world, perhaps for the first time this season, that if you stop Hazard, you stop Chelsea.

But to think that anybody could man-mark Hazard in such emphatic fashion is just completely wrong. The Spaniard’s grit, power and overall awareness of the game is virtually unrivalled, and supporters saw the very best of him against the league leaders.

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