Has Herrera’s form contributed to Man Utd absence?

by Richard Laverty

Ander Herrera has endured a broken start to his Manchester United career due to injuries but his form when fit has left a great impression on fans.

However, Jamie Jackson in The Guardian this week believes Herrera was guilty of indifferent form which contributed to his absence from the team in United’s last four games.

After a promising start to his Old Trafford career, Herrera thrived in a diamond formation alongside Angel Di Maria, Juan Mata and co scoring two goals against QPR and Leicester.

It appeared Herrera was the missing piece of United’s jigsaw as the midfielder added creativity, tenacity and goals to a previously tepid midfield but a rib injury picked up in September ruled him out for almost a month.

Far from being indifferent with his form, Herrera was nominated for United’s September Player of the Month award.

The 25-year old returned against West Brom wearing a corset after sustaining a fractured rib but a clearly uncomfortable looking Herrera was replaced at half-time by Marouane Fellaini.

It would be a decision that would shape the next month of United’s season. Fellaini thrived in the new system and scored just minutes into his return to action. A change to 4-2-3-1 saw Fellaini sitting alongside either Daley Blind or Michael Carrick with Herrera out of the side.

The Spaniard was on the bench against Arsenal and looked to be returning to fitness with a fine performance and goal in an U21s game against Blackburn Rovers earlier this week.

With a busy run of fixtures coming up, it would be a surprise if a player of Herrera’s quality wasn’t involved heavily over the Christmas period.

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