The Spaniard is not receiving regular football at Old Trafford.
Manchester United snapped up plenty of big names in the summer. The likes of Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to mention just a few.
However, their first signing of the summer was that of Ander Herrera. The Spanish midfielder was signed by the club before Louis van Gaal had even been appointed as the successor to David Moyes at Old Trafford.
Unfortunately competition is fierce for places in the United midfield and Herrera has recently struggled to start for the club.
Van Gaal addressed that point yesterday. Goal.com report him as saying the following, where he makes it clear that despite being impressed by Herrera, competition is rife. Van Gaal also insists the player would have known that when he arrived from Athletic Bilbao in the summer:
“He’s a great guy, he’s a very great professional also, so that’s not the problem - his problem is he has to compete with high level players and Rooney is also the captain so he has a privilege.
“So then the other places are the place of the position in this system that we are playing now with a number 10 and that’s Mata and that’s Di Maria. That’s difficult to compete against but he did already know that at the moment that he signed for Manchester United.
“When you sign for a top club like he did he knows that he is had to fight but he is fighting.
“He is coming back, there were a lot of weeks he was down but now he is coming back.”
Herrera has featured in just 12 Premier League games this season, for just 654 minutes of football for United. Indeed he has not started a Premier League game since the 2-1 win against Southampton at the start of December.
Herrera is, however, an undoubtedly talented footballer who surely has a future at Manchester United. For now he is having to play second fiddle, so when he gets his chance, he will have to take it with both hands.