In Focus: Herrera will be a key part of Man United’s planned resurgence

As reported by The Daily Express, Manchester United are ready to offer a new long-term contract to midfielder Ander Herrera in order to fend off interest from potential buying clubs.

What’s the story?

Jose Mourinho has already done significant incoming business in this summer’s transfer window with the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof, but just as important is ensuring he retains his best talent at the club.

Ander Herrera’s current contract at Old Trafford expires next season, although the club have the option of extending that another 12 months. Despite that, the club are reported by The Express to be eager to sort out a new long-term deal.

The paper say United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with the midfielder’s agent recent to discuss a way forward, in order to fend off interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.

What he offers

Herrera has emerged as one of the most consistent performers in a Manchester United shirt and has become popular with supporters since his £28m move from Athletic Bilbao in 2014.

With excellent technique and composure, he can dictate the tempo of a match with his range passing and his positioning sense, the metronome of the Mourinho midfield.

His presence allows players like Paul Pogba to push forward in support of the attack and if they are to be successful next season, the Spaniard will likely play a key role.

Still just 27 years of age and coming into his prime, it makes sense that the Old Trafford club are reported to be so eager to invest in his long-term future.