We are well aware, from many of your comments, that Ander Herrera is a popular figure amongst the fans at Manchester United.
And while there is certainly a lot of potential there, we still find Herrera offers a frustrating blend of good and bad during any 90 minutes spell.
On Tuesday, against Stoke, he hit a wonderful cross with his left foot which Marouane Fellaini converted for the crucial breakthrough in the first half.
And, in general, you certainly can’t question his work ethic – this guy desperately wants to achieve great things at Manchester United and is a real battler as well as technically capable.
But in the first 20 minutes Herrera gave the ball away at least half a dozen times in unforced errors.
If Manchester United are going to become a dominant force again, with him in the side, then he really needs to cut out the sloppiness.
If he were a teenager then we could excuse these dangerous lapses. But, at 25, Herrera needs to cut out the unforced mistakes if he wants to succeed at Manchester United.
If he can show more consistency then we believe that he is certainly a Louis van Gaal type of player.
Why? Well, when he receives the ball his instinct usually tells him to go forward and attack. He’s got great technique when his ideas come off and, against Stoke, he was generally involved in some of the better attacking interplay for Manchester United.
It’s still early days for Herrera at Manchester United. He will be given more time to adapt. But But Manchester United paid around £30m for this guy – Cesc Fabregas cost the same amount and Toni Kroos considerably less – and these guys are currently far less wasteful than Herrera. It’s feasible that United could have bought both of the aforementioned instead so we have to compare Herrera to them. And, at the moment, he’s some way short.
For this kind of money you want something approaching the finished article at the age of 25. But Herrera still has much room for improvement.
Manchester United fans: Is Herrera a future great or over priced?