Why Manchester United Should Use Ander Herrera Against Stoke City This Weekend
Manchester United have made a perfect start to their league campaign, winning all three games and keeping three clean sheets so far. Jose Mourinho will be ecstatic with the way his new signings have worked wonders so far, as the likes of Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku have already made an impact on the squad.
While the Belgian striker has added goals to the squad, the Serbian midfielder has allowed the manager to use a 2-man midfield, yet giving Paul Pogba a chance to roam around in a more attacking role. This seems to be a system that Mourinho will stick with for the rest of the season but he might be tempted to make a couple of changes this weekend when his side travels to Stoke.
One of the toughest grounds to play football at, the BET365 stadium will welcome the Red Devils on Saturday in what could be a crunch game. Stoke City have made a decent start to their league campaign and having made a couple of exciting signings, Mark Hughes will believe that his side can upset the visitors.
Mourinho will have to be careful and might have to make a few changes of his own and one such change that might hand them another victory is the inclusion of Ander Herrera.
The Spanish midfielder was the player of the season for the club last campaign but is yet to start a game, thanks to the form of Matic in the midfield. With Mourinho sticking to a 4-2-3-1, Herrera has no place in the starting XI in that formation. But he is one player United will surely need this weekend.
Stoke are not the best of the sides in the league but the only home game that they played this season, they managed to take all three points from Arsenal, creating loads of chances and frustrating the Gunners.
If United stick with Matic and Pogba in the midfield, the likes of Jese Rodriguez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Joe Allen could have a clearer view of the goal. There is a chance that the United duo might get run over in the midfield and the only way Mourinho can compensate for it is to use Herrera in the midfield.
Be it in a 3-man midfield or in the place of Matic, Herrera is just the kind of player United need for the challenges this weekend and it is surely time for Mourinho to bring him back into the starting XI. He adds mettle to the midfield, creativity in the attack, and provides the right balance to allow United to keep their winning run going.
It would be a great idea to use Ander Herrera against Stoke this weekend.