Rooney is more physical which is fine in Van Gaal's mind but Herrera could easily replace Mata and he's better defensively, the downside is he does give the ball away a fair bit but that's cause he takes more risks with his passing. He can't even get a start today though so must be more to it, crap in training.. Fuck knows.
I think this plays a huge part of him to not to play Herrera, he seems a too cautious manager from what we've been seeing this season. But if we want to see some better final third football van Gaal needs to allow some players more freedom to express their actual qualities, they look very restricted in their movements and actions and sticking to his instructions like when a fly lands on shit. The problem is, fly feels there at home while our players becoming uncomfortable, nervy, and are devoid of any confidence due to that. When they become a bees on the flower we'll see some honey being produced.
di Maria, Falcao, Mata, Rooney, Januzaj, Valencia, Rafael, Herrera (add more here) are all players who are used to have much more freedom in their play in previous seasons, playing for different managers and now they need to learn and show something completely new and quickly. It's a process and taking into account that we all (more or less) trust this manager to take us on to next level, some patience needs to be accepted across the fan base.
Ander Herrera has declared his respect for Michael Carrick and has revealed how his fellow Manchester United midfielder helps to inspire the squad's younger players.
In an exclusive interview with MUTV, Herrera describes the Reds' vice-captain as "one of the best players I've ever played with" and cites his composure as being a key component to his important influence on the team, on and off the pitch.
"He always gives us calmness; he's a very calm guy when he's playing. He gives me confidence," says Herrera.
"He is very good for the young players because he always tries to help, not necessarily with words but with his attitude and his calmness.
"He is one of the best players I've ever played with and a very good professional," adds the Spaniard. "We can all improve by looking at him and what he does. I feel lucky to play with him."
When the manager wants me to help the team I am going to be ready, of course. I am at Manchester United and we have a very good squad with very good players and it is not easy but of course I am going to work hard. I’m going to be ready always for the team because everyone wants to play the next season in the Champions League and of course I want to play.
Louis van Gaal has praised Ander Herrera’s professionalism and explained that competition for places is the only reason why the Manchester United midfielder has had a sporadic run of starts of late.
Herrera was signed from Athletic Club in the summer and made an encouraging opening to his Reds career by scoring twice in his first three appearances. However, his growing momentum was disrupted when he suffered a broken rib in the 2-1 win over West Ham on 27 September, an injury that limited him to just two senior outings in October and November.
The Spaniard returned to full fitness before Christmas but has struggled to reclaim a regular starting place and has been limited to a handful of cameo roles, most recently when providing an assist for James Wilson during Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Cambridge at Old Trafford.
When speaking to the media on Friday afternoon, van Gaal addressed Herrera’s situation and explained why he hasn’t begun matches in recent weeks. “I have to compare him with people like Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata for example, so that is difficult. They all have a high level, so he has to improve.”
Asked about Herrera's performances in training, the manager was quick to praise his professionalism and emphasised his point about competition for places: “He is a great guy and a great professional also, so that’s not the problem. His problem is that he has to compete with high-level players.
“Rooney is also the captain, so he has a privilege. The other reasons are the players who are in his positions. In this system for example – what we are playing now – that is Mata and that is Angel Di Maria. It is difficult to compete but he did already know that the moment he signed for Manchester United. When you sign at a top club like he did, he knows he has to fight, and he is fighting. I said this week that he was coming back. Some weeks he was down, but he is coming back now.”
Hmm... think there is more to it but hopefully we can work through it and he'll get his chance.