'Player Manchester United have been missing' - Former striker on Herrera

Ander Herrera

Andy Cole believes Ander Herrera is just what Manchester United need.

Manchester United fans were already pretty excited for next season under Louis van Gaal after he masterminded an excellent World Cup display from Holland. Now, they are absolutely buzzing - after watching United take LA Galaxy to the cleaners in a recent pre-season friendly.

It wasn't just the 7-0 scoreline, but the manner of it. They ripped through their MLS opponents like a hit knife through butter. It was also their system. Van Gaal adopted a 3-4-3 formation which left the Galaxy gazumped and pundits slack-jawed.

It was also an occasion to take a look at some of their new recruits - including the one they hope will solve their midfield problems, Ander Herrera.

United brought in the young Spaniard from Athletic Bilbao this summer in a deal believed to be worth around £29 million. The club have never truly filled the void left by club legend Paul Scholes - with previous efforts to sign Herrera, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara all failing.

But Herrera was outstanding in the game - leaving many to believe he might finally be the answer to United's prayers in the midfield department.

One person who seems to think that is former United striker Andy Cole.

Cole, who was at Old Trafford between 1995 and 2001, told Sky Sports News radio of Herrera's performance:

"Herrera looked a real good player yesterday. The kind of player that Manchester United have been missing. A midfield player who is getting in behind, creating chances. You know, a good passer of the football, likes to keep it ticking over as we say."

Cole knows just how useful a player with the characteristics of Paul Scholes can be - he scored 121 times in 275 appearances playing in a team containing the likes of Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.

Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and co will be hoping that Herrera can have a similar impact.

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