Manchester United endured a disappointing end to the summer transfer window but made a winning start to the Premier League season.
Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a centre-back to bolster his defence but was left disappointed after moves for Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire failed to materialise. Regardless of their failed transfer business, the Red Devils made an excellent start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Leicester. Goals from Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw handed United all three points.
With the transfer window now closed until January, Mourinho should focus on tying a number of players down to a new contract. Goalkeeper David de Gea is reportedly set to commit his future to the club, squashing rumours of a move to Real Madrid. United should also offer fresh terms to former Athletic Bilbao midfielder – Ander Herrera.
Valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard’s current deal expires next summer, and the club are yet to sit down and discuss new terms. Herrera has made over 160 appearances for the Red Devils since joining from Bilbao in 2014 for £32m. The 29-year-old is currently sidelined with an injury which forced him to miss the Premier League opener against the Foxes. Despite no longer being a regular starter, he remains an important player for the club.
He made 26 appearances in the Premier League last season as United finished second in the standings. Averaging 2.2 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game last season, Herrera provides the United defence with vital protection (WhoScored). An injury to one of United’s star midfielder would see him quickly re-enter the starting eleven.
Herrera always gives his all when wearing the red shirt and United would struggle to find a better squad midfielder. The player himself insisted he is fully committed to the club and wants to reach 200 appearances at Old Trafford. United should make securing his future their top priority.
Manchester United fans, thoughts?