Manchester United will monitor Ander Herrera’s fitness ahead of Manchester City

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United will monitor the condition of Ander Herrera ahead of Thursday’s Manchester derby after the Spaniard picked up a knock during the win over Burnley on Sunday.

Herrera, who dominated proceedings all afternoon at Turf Moor, finished the game hobbling following a heavy knock to his ankle during the latter stages.

Jose Mourinho has already received an immense injury set-back following knee ligament injuries to both Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the past week, and will not want to see another key player drop to the treatment table.

According to ESPN sources, the 27-year-old was assessed on Monday and will be closely monitored in the lead-up to Thursday’s clash with Pep Guardiola’s men.

The idea of Herrera missing out on the Manchester derby – a game that could, with just one point separating the two sides, define who finishes in the top four and who misses out – is simply unthinkable.

He has been nothing less than indispensable under Mourinho this season, invoking a warrior-like tempo to United’s midfield alongside Paul Pogba, and one suspects that it will take much more than a ‘knock to the ankle’ to keep Herrera out of what promises to be a furiously paced battle at the Ethiad on Thursday night.

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