PHOTO: A young Herrera and Mata playing together

Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of signing Ander Herrera, but if he does arrive, it won't be the first time he has played with Juan Mata.


Manchester United appear to have learnt from the mistakes of the previous summer transfer window.  Where then there was hesitation, now there seems to be swift action, with Ander Herrera said to be close to a €36million move to Old Trafford.

Reports claim the 24-year-old has completed a medical and that an announcement is imminent.  But if Herrera does turn out for Louis van Gaal's side next season, it will not be the first time he has been on the same side as United's club-record signing Juan Mata.

The two players featured together for Spain's under-21s, and neither would have suspected that just a few years later they could both be turning out at the Theatre of Dreams.

Until an official announcement is made, Herrera remains an Athletic Bilbao player.  But something about this story suggests it is more than just a rumour, with the swiftness of United's apparent movement and the widespread nature of the reports suggesting former international teammates Mata and Herrera will be club-mates sooner rather than later. 

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