Ander Herrera impressed by strength in depth of Man United squad

by Harry Robinson

Ander Herrera is optimistic for Manchester United’s 2017/18 season, claiming that the club now have two quality players in every position.

The Spanish midfielder is impressed with the strength in depth of the Man United squad after manager José Mourinho brought in three players in the summer transfer window.

Nemanja Matić has slotted in perfectly, Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his first six games for the club, and Victor Lindelöf is beginning to settle.

Herrera thinks United’s number of quality options can lead them to further glory this season.

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

“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 [Mata] 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.”

Herrera has cited a key factor that separates United from some other teams in the Premier League; the range of options as well as the sheer number of quality players. In attacking midfield, United can utilise Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marouane Fellaini and potentially Paul Pogba. All offer significantly contrasting options.

The same can be said up front, where Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku are incredibly different strikers. Zlatan Ibrahimović is a third alternative.

“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,” Herrera continued.

“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.”

Such is United’s quality that Herrera has hardly had a look-in this season, displaced in the starting line-up by new signing Matić and being overlooked off the bench in favour of Fellaini.

Mourinho will be forced to use Herrera more in the coming weeks following a hamstring injury to starman Paul Pogba.

Herrera is certainly correct about strength-in-depth for most of the squad. However, United are lacking options at left-back, or rather lacking quality options.

Luke Shaw is almost ready to return from injury, having not played since April, but his supposed understudies Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind both lack defensively and creatively.

Other than that, United’s squad is in very good shape, and that will be shown over the coming weeks with a rush of matches for the Reds.

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