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Ander Herrera 2018-19 Performances

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5.6 Average rating
11 Appearances
1 Goal
1 Assist
2 Yellow cards
  1. Dec 7, 2018 at 10:15

    settembrini Full Member

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    I'm constantly torn between which was the bigger Mourinho blunder. Spending £40m to downgrade Herrera to Matic or smashing our wage structure trying to replace Martial with Sanchez. Just imagine how much better off we would be if he focused on improving our weak areas instead of investing time and money into meddling with parts of the team that already worked.
  2. Dec 7, 2018 at 10:30

    anant Full Member

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    Just play him and Pogba along with Mata/Fred depending on opposition every game. Why's it so tough to grasp this concept. Front 3 should be Martial Lukaku (when back in form)/Rashford and Sanchez/Lingard
  3. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:17

    Rossa Full Member

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    I don't agree that he is only about commitment and energy. I think he has real quality to his game. His close control and inter-play in tight spaces are very good. His passing in-between lines is also good, but his long range passing is below par. His first touch is decent, and he can dribble past opponents to gain momentum. He has quick feet, but his top speed is arguably lower than Mata's - the guy just cannot sprint. He is good defensively, and leads by example.

    He may not be as tall as Matic, but on pretty much any other account he is better suited playing next to Pogba. I would love to see a midfield of Herrera behind Fred and Pogba. I think that is a midfield with the potential of being one of the best in the league. Quick feet, passing, vision, dribbling, strength pressing all combined. Pogba has, by far, the best passing range at the club, Fred is very quick for a central midfielder and can go past people, as can Pogba, and Herrera is very good at cutting out supply lines from the opposition. Please bench Matic!
  4. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:32

    Zlatattack Full Member

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    I feel bad for Herrera, he's had to ensure 5 years at the club under 2 incredibly negative managers, who've never appreciated his strengths. He is not Modric or Alonso or even David Silva, but he is still a decent player who is tidy on the ball, aggressive and used to play the ball forwards. We need to find that guy again.
  5. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:39

    Di Maria's angel Captain of Moanchester United

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    Just imagine Herrera and Fred starting together. I'd say Herrera is, by a mile, the most intelligent presser (and probably player) in our team. Dalot, Bailly, Rojo, Shaw, Fred, Herrera and Pogba - that's a pretty decent base to the team if you ask me. Maybe not good enough to win the league, but definitely shouldn't be in 8th place.
  6. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:44

    haram Full Member

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    What would happen is our defence wouldn't be able to step up into midfield and be good enough on the ball, the fullbacks who are actually wingers would be caught out of position all the time and we would leak even more goals. I see you only mention the midfield and forwards when the defence is always the base of the team.
  7. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:47

    izec Full Member

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    That midfield would lose too many balls. Fred and Pogba are too erratic and risky in their passing. While it is ok with having one, Fred would be the odd one out. I would like to see Pereira there, he would be the more safe option in terms of style but still having technical and playmaking qualities. Either way, Matic needs a long rest on the bench.
  8. Dec 7, 2018 at 11:51

    tomaldinho1 Full Member

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    Exactly, we actually have a decent squad. I'd put Pereira in the equation as well - offensive minded players mixed in with aggressive pressing. Pogba with that amount of energy buzzing around him would have much more time to do what he's good at, creating chances and moving our play foe.

    Then we address obvious areas for concern - RW as priority and then opportunistically look for upgrades across the park
  9. Dec 7, 2018 at 12:00

    Rossa Full Member

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    Are they more erratic and risk taking than City or Liverpool's midfield? I'm not so sure. Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho and David Silva in midfield is much more attacking than Herrera, Fred and Pogba. I think they only need coaching, when to have freedom and when to be risk-adverse. I haven't seen enough of Pereira as a CM, or indeed at all, to give much of an opinion.
  10. Dec 8, 2018 at 14:52

    j4ckos mate New Member

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    Personally i rate Ander.
    He gives his all for me and knows how to grind a game out and wind the opposition up
  11. Threadmark: Man Utd 4:1 Fulham
    Dec 8, 2018 at 16:58

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    5 tackles, 10 interceptions. He'd have 1 more tackle but the ref gave Fulham a pity penalty instead

    Nobody works harder than mad dog Ander
  12. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:00

    steakpie New Member

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    His interceptions are world class. Kante level.
  13. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:00

    el3mel Full Member

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    Impossible to not be liked whatever his form is.
  14. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:02

    Devil may care Full Member Verified Moaner

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    He's been here all season and not getting picked......figure that one out.
  15. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:02

    Minimalist Full Member

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    Decent game today.
  16. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:03

    JeffBoomTetris Full Member

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    Solid no nonsense performance. Was my motm just because of how he was central to our collective effort today. However, he should have scored that clear chance Mata gave him
  17. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:03

    11101 Full Member

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    Excellent, again. Said it a few pages ago but you are absolutely guaranteed a 6 or 7 out of 10 performance with him.

    edit: and that was never a penalty.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2018 at 17:18
  18. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:04

    Ekeke Full Member

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    True
  19. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:05

    Trizy Full Member

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    Was brilliant. Quality tackle for the penalty too, dunno how the ref gave it.

    Big man Herrera as per usual.
  20. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:08

    JeffBoomTetris Full Member

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    He touched Kamara's right leg first before contacting the ball. So, I can see why it was a penalty. But, yeah it was a pity penalty as someone so aptly put it before
  21. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:09

    Seanus New Member

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    Bad decision by the ref-roll on VAR :)
  22. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:10

    Rifer Full Member

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    He's the key, not that we not know already.

    Sadly, Mourinho disagrees. Wonder how long games it takes next for him to drop Herrera for no good reason.
  23. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:10

    MadDogg Full Member

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    My MoM for the second match in a row, even though I thought it probably was a penalty (he did hit the attackers leg before he got the ball). He just wins so many balls in the midfield that it's ridiculous.
  24. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:11

    Murder on Zidane's Floor You'd better not kill Giroud

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    Build a team around him, he's in his prime, exactly what this team needs.
  25. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:17

    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    He is just superb. In today's game he won 5 tackles and 10 interceptions. 10 interceptions is just unreal.
  26. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:20

    arthurka Full Member

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    My MOTM. Would be my second pick on the team sheet every week behind De Gea. Immense performance.
  27. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:20

    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    Whole team won 14 tackles out of that Herrera won 5.

    Whole team made 17 interceptions, Herrera alone made 10 interceptions.

    He should play every game.
  28. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:21

    OnlyTwoDaSilvas Gullible

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    Needs to play against Liverpool. If we line up with 3 of Matic, Fellaini, McTominay or Pogba they will just dance through us. He gives us a glimmer of actually getting the ball off them.
  29. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:29

    Irwin99 Full Member

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    Was too quickly written off last year. If he's fit he should play because you always get 100% from him.
  30. Dec 8, 2018 at 17:33

    PepsiCola Full Member

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    Ridiculous that he was replaced with Matic last season.

    We've mishandled a brilliant player in Herrera
  31. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:15

    MikeKing Full Member

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    Great to have him back, he has been missed. Incredible team-player.
  32. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:17

    abdo99 Full Member City Lover

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    Why is he not playing as our DM? He should be the Kante of this team.
  33. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:20

    shamans Hoser

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    Just want to see Scholes hit a volley.
    Herrera Mata fred is what I wanna see
  34. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:21

    midou New Member

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    Because our manager is either totally incompetent in picking the first 11 or is doing this on purpose to prove something to Woodward / get sacked.
  35. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:41

    King.of.Red New Member

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    amazing, top performance. if only Pogba has same passion like Ander, we will be more amazing.
  36. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:45

    Mick321 Full Member

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    He's a little warrior and can be snide as hell at times too, a player every midfield needs, he should be starting all the time.
  37. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:47

    bosnian_red Worst scout to ever exist

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    I mean it was insane that in Mourinho's first season he won the player of the season, and was instantly replaced. Now hes showing that hes a better player than Matic yet again and that he should never have been dropped. Said it at the time, maintained it throughout. Matic at the very best, only matched Herrera's impact from 16/17. He was a bad signing not only for his age and fee, but because it displaced Herrera for no reason.
  38. Dec 8, 2018 at 19:47

    Maccataq Full Member

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    I would much rather see him in the team ahead of Matic and would be happy with him as our DM but I like him being slightly more advanced as he is the one who sets the tone in terms of our pressing so having him as DM would limit his ability to do that.
  39. Dec 8, 2018 at 20:16

    kidbob Full Member Knee-jerker

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    Matic was fine today but I'm convinced that our midfield should be Herrera, Fred and Pogba. Ander is every bit as good on the ball as Matic and is quicker to release it. He's better defensively too. Fred is in the same mould in terms of being a hard worker. Having 2 hard workers should in theory free up Pogba to focus on the offensive side without us being as easy to play through. This sort of midfield could allow is to play on the front foot more. Im only including Pogba because for all his faults he is our best creative outlet and offers a lot more that Matic in this regard.

    Anyway great game from Ander, his energy is just infectious to the rest of the team.
  40. Dec 8, 2018 at 20:26

    abdo99 Full Member City Lover

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    Nah I'd like us to use him how City uses Fernandinho and then play two attack minded midfielders in front . He's made for the role . Remember when we went to Stamford Bridge a couple of years and bossed them in midfield? Who was in DM that day? Yep Herrera . He can still press from there but I feel in the advanced positions we need a bit more quality in the passing. Fred will give us the same pressing qualities as Herrera but better passing