Ander Herrera heaps praise on Manchester United’s squad depth under Jose Mourinho

by Leo Nieboer

Ander Herrera has heaped praise on the current strength in depth existing within the Manchester United squad under Jose Mourinho.

The Spaniard has only made one start so far this season – against Stoke City – with Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic dominating proceedings in the middle during the early stages.

First team members Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard, Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling haven’t even made a Premier League start as of yet.

And Herrera, speaking to MUTV, noted that such an array of options will serve Mourinho’s men well over the course of the campaign.

“I think now we can say that we have two players in every position on the pitch,” he said.

“You have players like Marcus Rashford, a runner who is always looking for the space, and you have [Romelu] Lukaku who can hold the ball in the difficult moments.

“During the game, he can be there holding the ball for everyone, then you have the likes of Juan who can come inside to play football.

“Then you have Anthony Martial who is brilliant in one-against-ones, we have Chris Smalling who is brilliant at defending and Daley [Blind] who can play the ball out fantastically well from the back.

“I know it’s not easy to do what we did last season because we won three trophies, but we are going to try our best. I think we’re in a good moment, the club is in a good moment, we have a good understanding with the manager, so I’m very optimistic for the season.”

Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Everton were among the many clubs to complete more signings than United over the transfer window, but you can’t help but feel as if the evolution at United over the summer has been significant.

The new players coming in – specifically Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku – have notably contributed to an attitudinal transformation engendered by winning the Europa League in May. This is suddenly a diverse, eclectic squad blessed with a confident approach and, crucially, a capacity for putting opponents to the sword.

The balance, you sense, is just right – and supporters still look forward to welcoming back Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic from injury.

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