Manchester United’s midfield has been criticised for almost as long as we can remember but the tide may have finally turned.
Of course few midfield lineups would compare favourably to the classic Manchester United line up of Scholes, Beckham, Giggs and Keane.
And it’s the central areas which have really come under scrutiny in the last five years as Manchester United just haven’t got it right in the transfer market.
Players like, Anderson, Fellaini, Hargreaves and Cleverley have tried and failed to become the midfield string pullers.
But, finally, it does seem that Manchester United have got it right with Ander Herrera. Oh my. What a buy.
LA Galaxy obviously afforded more room and time than Herrera will get in The Premier League but it looked as if he’d been playing for Manchester United for five years.
He’s a wonderful technician with an exquisite eye for the forward pass. But he’s also a really hard working player who’s happy to put a tackle in à la Paul Scholes. And he looks after the ball so well.
Last night Herrera was involved in five Manchester United goals and the last two were particularly representative of his creative midfield class.
We are amazed that no other teams seemingly came in for the player. Because it looks as if Manchester United have got an A-lister here.
Herrera is exactly the sort of player Manchester United need to get in behind the defence on a regular basis – one of the biggest problems under David Moyes.
If his assist rate continues like this nobody will care about his goal return. But if he does start scoring then we could be looking at a stand out player in the English league next season.
He and Mata dovetailed beautifully in midfield and they have a real telepathy already. They will surely fill those two berths ahead of the holding midfielder in a 5-3-2 for most of next season.
A defensive midfielder still looks a like an urgent necessity and if they can add someone like Vidal Manchester United would be extremely difficult to beat next season.
Let’s enjoy some debut highlights of Herrera. Manchester United fans: can this guy be a player of the season?