By Mark Weasley
According to reports, Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has labelled Spanish international, Ander Herrera “indispensable” in his quest to make next season a bigger season than the just concluded one.
Despite starting out as a substitute as Mourinho tried the best formation to suit Paul Pogba, he slowly won over his manager with his tenacious displays and leadership ability. Barcelona are rumoured to be interested in the services of the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder, but as translated by Daily Star, Mourinho has told Diario Gol that the 5-time European champions should forget about signing the player, who is one of new manager’s , Ernesto Valverde’s top priority signings.
Herrera worked with the 53-year-old Barcelona manager in their time at Athletic Bilbao and is a keen admirer of his methods, however, he feels he still has the prospect of winning so much more in England after settling to life in the country, as he feels at home alongside compatriots, David de Gea, Juan Mata and other Spanish speaking players.
The 27-year-old has even been touted as a future United captain, such has been the heights he has scaled at United since Mourinho arrived last year. Mourinho and Barcelona do have a fractious relationship, as the Portuguese believe that the Spanish club didn’t treat him right while as an assistant to Louis Van Gaal and Bobby Robson.
Herrera is a hard working midfielder who offers balance to the team with his defensive and offensive contributions. He joined United in 2013 and featured in 50 appearances last term, altogether winning the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League in that time.