When fit, Ander Herrera has been one of Manchester United's more impressive midfielders this season, with only a succession of niggling injuries holding him back.
Which makes an editorial in a Spanish newspaper published this week somewhat bizarre, with it claimed he could be surplus to requirements in January.
Sport writes: "Ander Herrera, who has only played five of the twelve official meetings of the United and has gone absolutely flat.
"The Basque last played 45 minutes against West Bromwich Albion and has invariably remained on the bench in the next three league games for United, against Chelsea, City and Crystal Palace.
"Called to be the organizer of the 'Red Devils', it will not cause surprise if his name, like Mata, appeared on the next market."
This of course, is not fact, it's purely opinion, and likely that of a Spanish journalist who has not seen Herrera in action this season for when he has played, he has looked lively and provides the energy United need, and was sorely missed against Chelsea and Manchester City.
The reason he has been absent in recent games is due to a rib injury, and manager Louis van Gaal not wanting to rush him back. Having battled hard to sign him from Athletic Bilbao, the last thing United would want to do is to sell him early on into his Old Trafford adventure.
The statistics from his 2014/15 so far back up the assertions he has been a key player for the Red Devils.
|Goals||Assists||Key Passes per game||Passing Accuracy||Won Tackles per game||Interceptions per game||Appearances|
|Ángel Di María||3||5||3.11||79%||0.33||1||9|
Herrera has two goals in five matches, with one assist too, and creates more chances per game than any United midfielder barring Angel di Maria, with his pass accuracy as good as any other.
His tackles per game and interceptions per game rank well too, bettered only really by the excellent Daley Blind.
To suggest United would ditch him is unfathomable really, and we are not at all sure what is in the sangria over in Spain at the moment...