Ander Herrera explains solid partnership with Paul Pogba at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Ander Herrera has revealed why he has performed so well alongside Paul Pogba in Manchester United’s midfield.

Jose Mourinho started the season with Marouane Fellaini alongside the Frenchman, but Herrera has managed to fight his way into the side.

He has played a vital role at Old Trafford and his impressive showings have earned him his first call-up for Julen Lopetegui’s Spain squad.

Speaking about his new partnership with Pogba, Herrera insisted he was ready to provide everything for Mourinho.

“[It is going] well! I also have a great example in that position in Michael Carrick, because he has been one of the best players in the last decade, and I think I can learn a lot from him,” he said.

“But Paul is a very strong, very physical player who shoots with both feet, he can dribble, he can defend… he has it all! I can then stay back to steal the ball, to keep the position, and from there initiate attacks. I’m fine, and I’ll try to provide everything that the manager asks of me.

“With Mourinho I have also played in attacking positions in the EFL Cup and even scored a goal. I am a team player and I will do whatever he asks of me, but I’m very happy ahead of the defensive line.

“But now I think I have some consistency. I know I have to keep working to earn Mourinho’s confidence even more, but it is true that I feel good in the new position and it’s also true that maybe that little change of position was what has allowed me to receive a Spain call-up.”

Herrera deserves everything that comes his way, after failing to cement his place in the side under Louis van Gaal, Mourinho’s arrival at the club represented a new opportunity for him.

He’s proven he has plenty to offer and has quickly worked his way into a vital role under the Portuguese boss.

With fixtures against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool approaching after the international break, hopes are he returns back to Old Trafford fighting fit.

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