Ander Herrera has made himself indispensable for Manchester United

by Richard Laverty

Ander Herrera‘s third goal in as many games has Manchester United fans excited at the prospect of what the Spaniard could do with a constant run of games.

Back when he got a few successive games earlier this season, Herrera was equally as impressive and scored against both Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City, so it’s no coincidence or surprise to see him doing the same again when given the opportunity.

A freak rib injury ruled Herrera out for several weeks after his good form earlier this season and inadvertently allowed Marouane Fellaini to find form at the same time as Michael Carrick‘s return to action.

Despite Fellaini’s improved performances, he is nowhere near as important or influential as Herrera has been and can be for United’s starting XI. What the Spaniard has shown in the last three games is just how much better off United are with him in midfield, least not for his goals.

With Herrera in the side, United have been much better at bridging the midfield and attack and he hasn’t neglected his defensive duties either. As far as balance goes, Herrera’s a midfield set of scales and combines defensive work in equal measure to his natural attacking instincts.

When Herrera was consistently being overlooked by Louis van Gaal, United fans felt very much like Wayne Rooney – angry and confused. Why wasn’t he playing? It didn’t make much sense.

If United were in top form you could appreciate Herrera being kept out of the side on merit but they were playing so poorly and looked like they needed a player of Herrera’s ilk to help turn it around.

Those frustrations were vindicated over the last few games.

Herrera has taken his opportunity to impress and grabbed it with two hands and three goals. He couldn’t have done much more to show his importance to the side. Now, in the eyes of fans, Herrera is one of the first names on the team sheet and rightly so. It’s now up to van Gaal as to whether that proves to be the case.

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