Neville: Why Van Gaal dropped Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera was outstanding for the club against Aston Villa.

Gary Neville has given his opinion on why Manchester United dropped Ander Herrera earlier in the season, speaking to SkySports Monday Night football.

Herrera was outstanding at the weekend, scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Spaniard is proving a key part of the team's recent success, and is expected to keep his place ahead of the Manchester derby next weekend.

Neville believes more tactical refinement from the midfielder has led to greater faith from Louis van Gaal, who was reticent to play him regularly earlier this year.

He said: "He looks like the player they signed. I think Louis Van Gaal was probably feeling he roamed around the pitch too much, he likes them to stick to roles. Now he's begin to do that.

"He's a really good finisher when ball comes to him at the edge of the box, he never panics."

It was the first time Herrera had scored two goals in a game for United, netting with both of his shots against Villa. It showed his improving confidence, a result of the faith he has recently been shown by Van Gaal.

The 25-year-old has seven goals in 19 appearances this season, and a United side without Herrera is a poorer one for it.

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