Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera recently said that he used to watch Nicky Butt in action.
Speaking to Inside United, the Spaniard stated: ‘Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes were two players I watched a lot and I wish one day I can be like Scholes’.
Butt, a former defensive midfielder for United, has now spoken of his admiration of Herrera and Daley Blind.
'Ander has been unlucky with some injuries but he's scored a couple of goals and has looked positive and calm on the ball', he told United's official website.
'Daley has come in and helped to shore things up - he's probably one of the only, if you like, natural sitting midfielders that we have. Fletch [Darren Fletcher] always likes to get about the pitch and get forward, while Carras [Michael Carrick] is more of a passer and dictator. Daley is very much a protective player, but he can pass the ball as well. He's looked strong and comfortable'.
Both Herrera and Blind have been brilliant for United so far in the Premier League and have been crucial in Louis van Gaal’s side moving up to fourth in the table heading into this weekend’s round of matches.
Netherlands international Blind has been deployed in defensive midfield by Van Gaal, and the 24-year-old has responded by creating three chances in four league appearances, while having a 89% pass accuracy and winning 49% of his duels.
Herrera, signed from Athletic Bilbao in the summer transfer window, has played further up the pitch and has created five chances in as many league appearances. The 25-year-old has scored two goals and has a pass accuracy of 89%, while winning 59% of his duels.