HEAD-TO-HEAD: Herrera v Drinkwater - Did ex-United man show what they were missing?

Ander Herrera

We analyse the performances of Ander Herrera and Danny Drinkwater in Manchester United's defeat to Leicester City on Sunday.

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Sunday 21st September 2014 is likely to be a date that Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater will never forget.

The Foxes star shone as his side picked up an unlikely 5-3 victory over Manchester United, which will go down as one of the finest results in the club's history. 

It was made all the more special for Drinkwater as he gave his former employers a chance to see what they were missing.

The energetic central midfielder was all-action throughout the match as he caused United's star-studded line-up endless problems and was one of the key figures in Leicester's triumph. 

Drinkwater is a United fan, but few would have enjoyed the result more than the 24-year-old, who may have left Red Devils fans wondering why they let him go two years ago.

However, there is a certain weight of expectation at Old Trafford and, although Drinkwater put in a credible showing, he was still behind Ander Herrera in almost every area.

  PositionShotsDribbles completedAccurate PassTouchesDispossessedWon TackleInterceptionMins Played
Ander Herrera MF 3 2 66 93 1 2 3 90
Daniel Drinkwater MF 2 0 44 75 1 1 4 90

Herrera may have ended up on the losing side, but his overall performance was excellent and United's capitulation cannot be put down to his display.

To the contrary, he performed a role which deserved more plaudits than it will inevitably get. The former Athletic Bilbao man has adapted to life in England with consummate ease and looks a shrewd purchase from manager Louis van Gaal.

Indeed, his display showed the standards that need to held to break through at one of the most demanding clubs in the world.

Drinkwater is unlikely to mind that he fell short of his United counterpart, though, and he will be hoping to continue his fine form throughout the season as Leicester look to avoid the drop against the odds. 

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