Deconstructing the Herrera-Shaqiri swap deal claim: Common sense please!

Ander Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has been linked - again - with an exit; this time to Bayern Munich.

After Manchester United were linked with a quite ludicrous swap deal involving Ander Herrera and Xherdan Shaqiri you would be forgiven for thinking the rumour mill has gone completely crazy, but the truth is there is transfer speculation and there is complete balderdash and this story sits firmly in the latter category.

There are plenty of reasons why Herrera would not swap United for Bayern Munich so soon after arriving, too many to list here without this becoming something of a rant; but here are the main reasons:

Herrera’s injury

Ander Herrera recently suffered a fractured rib against West Ham United that appeared to rule the Spaniard out for some time.

When he started against West Bromwich Albion after just one match on the side-lines it was hailed as a miraculous recovery, at least until Herrera felt something and was removed as a precaution at half-time.

Since then Herrera has not featured, spending the last four matches as an unused substitute, which has prompted many to suggest Louis van Gaal does not rate him. But he is merely being used sparingly to ensure his recovery is complete.

When he has been fit and firing, he has been one of United’s best players, and his manager will not want to risk his fitness by playing him too soon.

He’s a midfielder

United fans spent years crying out for a new central midfielder and one finally arrived in the form of Herrera, so why on earth would they sell him?

The former Athletic Bilbao player has huge potential, slotted seamlessly into United’s team and scored two goals in his first three matches.

When you consider the simple stats, the rumour falls flat on its behind.

He’s only just signed!

Speaking of which, the player only arrived in the summer, and when you consider how much time some United players have been given – Anderson, anyone? – suggesting Herrera is not rated at Old Trafford is simply ludicrous.

In time Herrera will prove to be an astute signing and a vital part of van Gaal’s side. But patience is anathema to much of the British media and he has seemingly been written off by his absence rather than any poor performances (of which there have been none).

Why would United even want Shaqiri?

And so to the other part in this apparent swap deal, with the Bayern winger linked with United despite the fact that van Gaal has barely utilised wide-men since he arrived at the club.

Considering Adnan Januzaj and Antonio Valencia are also at United and Nani is being tipped to return at the end of his loan spell, Shaqiri is a player United simply do not need. They need midfielders…and they have a very good one…so no, they will not be waving him goodbye no matter how much certain newspapers say otherwise.

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