4 Positives for Manchester United ahead of this weekend
#3 Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera is one of the most loved players at Old Trafford, yet the Spaniard has found chances hard to come by this season. Herrera has started just 6 games in all competitions so far, while also coming off the bench 4 times. He already has a goal, the cheeky finish that helped United secure a draw against Southampton at home last weekend. Against Arsenal in midweek, Herrera was one of the best players on the pitch, perhaps also the "mad dog" that Mourinho desperately desires.
The Spaniard had 65 touches on the ball, and completed 44 passes, with a 92% completion rate. He had 6 interceptions, 5 tackles and created 3 chances. It was his clever thinking and alertness that allowed Martial to equalize and kept Manchester United in the game; he had the relentlessness that was typical of the United teams of old. He was tenacious, busy as a bee and perhaps covered every blade on the pitch. It was his presence in the middle that foiled Arsenal's advances and never allowed the Gunner's midfield to settle down. The Spaniard was also very close to saving De Gea from that embarrassing moment.
Against Arsenal, Herrera was the leader on the pitch, the man who refused to surrender and continued to strive. His energy and motivation rubbed on to his teammates and that is one of the many reasons why the sky around Old Trafford should look a lot clearer this weekend