Herrera and Mata will 'destroy' defences, says former Bilbao teammate

Athletic Bilbao

New Manchester United star Ander Herrera has been backed to be a success by David Lopez.

Ander Herrera secured his £29 million move to Manchester United last week, a year after he was first tipped to do so.

The Spaniard will feature for the Red Devils on their pre-season tour, and will link up with former Spanish under-21 teammates David de Gea and Juan Mata.

A player who knows him well is Athletic Bilbao's David Lopez, who played alongside him up until summer 2012, when he was released and signed with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Speaking to the International Business Times, Lopez backed Herrera to be a success, and believes his interplay with Mata will be devastating.

"He will not have any problems because of his talent and his behaviour. Ander has joined a huge team and this is going to help him to success because the big teams like to dominate the games and Herrera also likes that.

"Furthermore, he will have Mata as a teammate and I am sure that, together, they will destroy more than one defence."

United have over the past 24 hours been linked with moving ahead to sign William Carvalho, which would be a great signing from Herrera's perspective.

The Portuguese enforcer would give Herrera greater license to get forward, and use his creative talent to complement Mata.

Mata, United's record signing at £37 million, ended last season in the Premier League in incredible form, scoring six times in his final six appearances.

With added support around him, manager Louis van Gaal will be further enabling him opportunity to continue those sort of performances, and Herrera is a great step in doing so.

Other than Mata, United's midfielders scored scored poorly last season, Tom Cleverley (1), Ashley Young (2), Antonio Valencia (2), Michael Carrick (1), and Marouane Fellaini failing to net at all.

The prospect of having a dangerous midfield which can 'destroy' defences in complement with the striking talent is almost alien compared with the team David Moyes put out last season.

Next season is suddenly looking very positive for fans of the Red Devils, who eagerly await Louis van Gaal's return from the World Cup.

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