Bryan Robson: Ander Herrera has gone on the back foot

by Marwan Harraz

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Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has set Ander Herrera a new challenge with his latest comments on the battling midfielder.

Robson had featured for the Red Devils from 1981 to 1994, often playing as a midfielder himself and knows just what it takes to be a first team player.

The Englishman captained United for a long period of his career, often nicknamed ‘Captain Marvel’ for his heroic efforts for the club.

Herrera himself was once touted as a future captain after becoming a fan favourite and even winning Manchester United’s player of the year award last season.

Despite his fairly recent success, he’s hardly had a sniff of first team action this year and Bryan has challenged the midfielder to get back into similar form.

According to Manchester Evening News he said: “When you get the opportunity, you’ve got to impress the manager.If you’re playing outstandingly well then you’re going to keep a place in the team.

“He proved at one time that he can score goals but I think he got on the back foot where he thought he was more of a defender than an attacker.”

The competition for places has increased this season with the addition of Nemanja Matic and had Andreas Pereira not gone on loan to Valencia there would have been even more players to contend with.

Jose Mourinho will surely feel he could’ve used Pereira in a time like this as his midfielders are currently going through an injury crisis.

Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Matic and Herrera all compete for what is usually two spots in the first eleven.

However, Mourinho has occasionally played with a midfield three and in a game against Liverpool, he could’ve used the additional cover.

Carrick, Pogba and Fellaini were all injured for the match, leaving a tired Matic and rusty Herrera to contend with Liverpool’s own midfield three.

Either way, Ander now has an opportunity to kick on and win hisself a place in the starting eleven and to meet Bryan Robson’s challenge.

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