Ander Herrera has become essential for Jose Mourinho’s side since he switched to a 4-3-3 formation that has brought about some tremendous form from Manchester United.
The Basque midfielder has excelled alongside Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick and has quickly become one of the first names on the teamsheet. He’s even emerged as a leading candidate to become club captain when Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick leave.
Today, the former Bilbao man opened up on life under his new manager and it’s brilliantly similar to what would have emerged from players during Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign.
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“He wants to be the best and he wants us to be the best.
“He is not happy with good things, he wants the best things and I think he goes very good with the history of this club.”
Herrera has been reborn under the former Chelsea boss with his stats suggesting he’s out-performed even N’Golo Kante, the man widely hailed as the league’s best midfielder.
“He knows how to treat the players, he knows when he has to push you and when he has to relax.
“He has given me a new role, you have all seen that, I am more defensive than with other managers, now I am better organised defensively when we lose the ball against the opposition, but he is playing me sometimes more forward and I am improving at that because he has put everything to help me and teach me.”
The 27-year-old was inexplicably ignored by Louis van Gaal for much of the Iron Tulip’s reign. It initially appeared the Special One would follow suit with Marouane Fellaini starting many of his opening games at the helm. Herrera soon got his chance, however, and hasn’t looked back since.
“He’s a winning manager, he has shown that all his career and he is at the perfect place at the biggest club in England and one of the most successful clubs in the world, so we are lucky to have him and I think he is very happy with the squad and the way we are working for him.”
Manchester United begin the defence of their FA Cup on Saturday against Jaap Stam’s Reading.
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