Ander Herrera could have previously been considered a bit-part player for Manchester United, not quite reaching the heights he would have strived for when he left Athletic Bilbao for Old Trafford.
Under Jose Mourinho though, it couldn’t have been a more different story for the Spaniard as the midfielder has excelled in the middle of the park, with his performances deeper in the field allowing Paul Pogba to shine in a more attacking role.
He may not grab the headlines but Herrera is certainly a crucial part of the Red Devils side, as this statistic shows.
Ander Herrera for Man Utd in the Premier League this season:
Most interceptions (68)
Most tackles won (45)
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With the most interceptions and tackles won for Manchester United this season, Herrera is the man who links defence with attack at Old Trafford and his influence in the Red Devils’ fantastic run of form cannot be underestimated.
If Herrera continues with these sort of performances, then United’s ambition to land a top-four spot will receive a massive boost.