Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera was satisfied to come away with a point from the Reds trip to face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Herrera kept his place in the starting lineup after his man of the match performance against Everton at the weekend and continued in the No.10 role as Man United went chasing their first away win in this season’s group stage. Having fallen behind early on to a Seydou Doumbia strike, Anthony Martial‘s second half header ensured that United left Moscow unbeaten.
The result was the least the Reds could afford, having already lost to PSV Eindhoven in their opening Champions League game this season. Herrera was impactful once again, albeit not as much of a threat as at the weekend. The Spaniard’s through pass to Antonio Valencia opened up a stubborn CSKA defence and the full-back’s cross found Martial in the penalty area.
Herrera seems to have found his ideal position in United’s current set up and will be keen to make the No.10 spot his own. With Wayne Rooney firing blanks and Martial beinf forced to play on the wing, the 26-year-old certainly has the opportunity to stake a claim for the position on a permanent basis.
With Herrera playing just behind the striker, United look a much improved team, as was seen in the second half in Moscow. The ex-Athletic Bilbao man’s neat interplay with the players around him allows United to cause more problems in the final third and eventually leads to even more goalscoring opportunities.
The midfielder will want to keep his place in the side for the visit of Manchester City on Sunday in a crucial game in the Premier League. United fans would love to see Herrera deployed in that position in the derby and another good performance from him could help the Reds overtake their ‘noisy neighbours.’