Manchester United are bouncing again. After 5 straight wins, including the massive victories against Liverpool and Tottenham, the whole team looks full of beans. And one of the main contributing factors to the sharp increase in performance levels has been the form of Ander Herrera.
Signed for nearly £30m last summer, after a protracted pursuit, Herrera at first struggled become central to Louis van Gaal’s plans. But now that he has got his foot in the door he looks like a certain starter. He has given Manchester United the sort of creative midfield guile and goal threat that has arguably been missing since Paul Scholes left the club.
In a question and answer session on Facebook, Herrera has lifted the lid on a superstition which he feels has held him in good stead since he joined the club – the use of both his names on his shirt.
‘I’m superstitious. I started using Ander Herrera from Athletic [Bilbao] three years ago and I think I had a very good three years in Bilbao so I wanted to keep using that,’
LvG has intimated that he needed to work on the positional play of Herrera when he first joined Manchester United, but he was so happy with his performance against Villa that the boss kissed the Spaniard at half-time.
Herrera says that he is loving his time at the club but that the best is hopefully yet to come:
‘Every win, every victory make me happy but I hope the most emotional moments are coming I’m sure of that because I’m at Manchester United,’ he said.
Let’s see some of his better moments against Villa. Manchester United fans: is he now undroppable?