Ander Herrera growing in importance to Manchester United

Paul Pogba’s absence will place extra emphasis on Ander Herrera in the Manchester derby. Fortunately for Jose Mourinho, the Spanish midfielder has a habit of rising to the big occasion. We examine his growing influence at Manchester United.

Manchester United do not have fond memories of their last Premier League meeting with City, but for Ander Herrera the 2-1 defeat marked a significant turning point. The Spaniard came off the bench and helped stabilise his side that day at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho praising his performance and lauding his “phenomenal attitude” after the game.

Herrera had only started one of United’s first five games of the season at that point, but he has been one of the first names on the team sheet ever since, adapting swiftly to a deep-lying midfield role and displaying the kind of commitment Mourinho craves. “I have to keep working, performing and giving what the manager wants me to give,” he said last week.

That work ethic was more apparent than ever in United’s recent victory over Chelsea, when he marked Eden Hazard out of the game in a way no other player has managed all season. With Herrera diligently shadowing his every move, the […]

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