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€36m man has made more tackles than anybody in Manchester United's team

Ander Herrera was a deadline day option for Manchester United. We have taken a look at two key areas he could improve them.

The Telegraph is reporting that Ander Herrera remains a target for Manchester United, who could renew their efforts to meet his €36 million release clause in January.

The Premier League side failed in their efforts to sign him on deadline day, flummoxed by the complexities of details of the clause.

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So how is he getting on at Athletic Bilbao since the move broke down?

Well Herrera himself has insisted he is fine, and he has helped spark a revival in fortunes for the club who sit pretty in fifth in La Liga, in contrast to their disappointing 12th last season.

Herrera has been keen to impress, perhaps you could say desperate to impress his suitors? 

While he has not found the scoresheet as yet, it is not for want of trying. Herrera has registered an average of 2.2 shots per game over his opening five matches.

This is the highest of any midfielder in the Bilbao squad, and also higher than any Manchester United midfielder, barring Marouane Fellaini (2.5), although three of these games took place at Everton.

Perhaps it is another area in which Herrera stands out the most. Known for his silky passing and versatility, it is Herrera's tackling this season which has been one of his biggest assets.

The Spaniard has completed an average of 2.6 tackles per game - higher than any Manchester United player has done so this season.

Antonio Valencia ranks highest (2.2), followed by Michael Carrick (2) and Tom Cleverley (1.8).

During United's limp midfield display at the Etihad on Sunday they certainly could have done with a tenacious midfielder ready to offer more fight, and more willing to take shots at Joe Hart's goal.

Perhaps these two elements are key in David Moyes' thinking as he renews his plans to sign the Spaniard.

Is Herrera the right man for United?

image: © Jack Tanner

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