Ander Herrera has insisted that Manchester United have found their “balance” this season.
Louis van Gaal‘s side have been criticised by fans and pundits for a rigid style of play this season, something which has led to chant’s of ‘attack attack attack!’ around Old Trafford at times throughout the campaign.
Despite their struggles up front, however, Man United have only conceded 10 league goals this year – the lowest in the Premier League, with the likes of Chris Smalling and David de Gea key in maintaining such a solid back line. Speaking about his side’s playing style, Herrera feels that United are much tougher to play against this year, but admits they must improve going forward.
He said: “I think we are in good form. I think, this year, what I can say about the team is that we are very compact. I think we have found the balance in the team. It’s not so easy to create chances against us and we have the quality to create more chances but we have to score. This year, I can definitely say we are much more balanced than last season.”
Gary Neville this week wrote about United needing “one or two” world-class players in order to elevate the club to the next level, and also echoed Herrera’s comments, insisting that the structure being built at the club was “solid”, and it is hard to disagree.
While many fans do not enjoy van Gaal’s possession-based style of play, it has become obvious in recent months that he has made United a much tougher opposition to face, and more importantly, turned Old Trafford back into the fortress it was during Fergie’s time at the club.
While patience is wearing thin with the Dutchman, Herrera’s and Neville’s comments about the solid foundations at United bode well for the future, and suggest to fans that there is a feeling throughout the club that they are on the right track for success. With United now a formidable opponent once again, it will be interesting to see whether van Gaal can land his game changer next summer.