Gary Neville praises improved Ander Herrera: “He’ll have huge confidence now”

by Sam Peoples

Gary Neville has praised in-form Ander Herrera for his improved performances and feels he is heading into the derby this weekend with huge confidence.

The 25-year-old scored twice against Aston Villa at the weekend and was dominant over the full 90 minutes in midfield alongside Michael Carrick, Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini.

Neville also singled out how good his finishing is and in particular his composure when taking on chances.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football this week, Neville said: “Herrera is starting to play well and is looking confident after he had been out of the team so much.

“Herrera’s confidence is huge now. He looks like the player they signed.

“I think he probably roamed around the pitch a little bit too much for Louis van Gaal. He likes players to play in their positions in midfield and stick to the job and the principles of what he wants. Now, Herrera has started to do that.

“He’s a really good finisher when the ball comes round to him on the edge of the box. He never panics and he controls his strike. As I say, he’s in good form.”

Neville is more than likely right when he points out Herrera’s previous absence was due to tactical reasons and his inclusion in the team now is indicative of the good impression he has made on van Gaal.

Fans were on Herrera’s side right from the first whistle because of his approachable, genuine character and now that he is combining it with fantastic performances, he is quickly becoming a bit of a cult hero at United.

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