Ander Herrera's Manchester United importance highlighted by his absence

Manchester United are likely to see plenty of departures this summer.

But they should do everything in their power to keep Ander Herrera.

The Spaniard will soon be out of contract, with talks ongoing and rumours of a free transfer on the horizon. Yet United’s performances in Herrera’s injury-enforced absence speak volumes.

The midfielder missed United’s defeats to Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, and Barcelona. Without him, the Red Devils looked lightweight and careless.

It is no coincidence that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s brilliant early results occurred with Herrera on the field. He has the attitude and the tenacity that others do not.

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He hustles while Nemanja Matic dallies.  He fights while Paul Pogba swans about to little effect. And he clearly understands the United way.

In fact, United could do worse than give Herrera improved terms and hand him the captains’ armband next season.

Signed for £29million in 2014 (BBC), Herrera has proved his worth despite being in and out of the team under various managers.
United was completely overrun on Sunday but it is hard to envisage that happening with the Spaniard on the field.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.