Manchester United’s Ander Herrera beats rivals in key areas

Ander Herrera

The Spanish midfielder has become a key player at Old Trafford following an indifferent start to life under Louis Van Gaal.

Ander Herrera Oulala

After a difficult start to life at Old Trafford, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has firmly established himself at Manchester United.

His performance at the weekend against Aston Villa, in which he scored two goals in a 3-1 victory over Tim Sherwood’s side, saw him write another eye-catching chapter in what has become an impressive first season tale in the Premier League.

That display saw his compatriot Juan Mata hail the 25-year-old as a genius on the club’s official website, something we are beginning to hear week in, week out. Now, when compared to other midfielders in the Premier League, the Red Devils ace stands head and shoulders above them in some key areas.

According to Oulala, he has more goals than Liverpool midfielder Phillipe Coutinho, who has himself enjoyed a fine season. He has also enjoyed better shooting accuracy than Arsenal man Aaron Ramsey (36% to 35%).

Herrera also has more assists than Manchester City star David Silva, despite having made six fewer appearances than his fellow Spaniard, while he has also managed a better pass completion rate than Liverpool man Jordan Henderson, 89% to 81%.

His ability to keep the ball is impressive too, having made more successful passes per game than Chelsea’s Oscar (46.5 to 40.9).

On the defensive side of things, the Spanish midfielder has also excelled, winning more tackles than Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (1.47 to 1.33), winning a higher percentage of duels than Manchester City schemer Fernandinho (50% to 45%) and has made more interceptions than Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva (1.79 to 1.67)

So, Herrera has impressed in his first season in England, and perhaps United finally have the midfield general they’ve been craving since Paul Scholes retired.

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