On Friday, Man Utd confirmed that the club had agreed terms with Phil Jones regarding a new contract, with the Englishman set to remain at Old Trafford through to 2023.
It’s not a deal that is likely to generate much excitement amongst supporters, given Jones’ inconsistent form, but it’s an important deal. Man Utd don’t have much defensive depth, and so it’s important that those with experience are kept around, at least as the Red Devils embark on a rebuild following the departure of Jose Mourinho.
However, there’s one new deal that would certainly delight supporters, and that’s one for Ander Herrera. According to the Independent, the Red Devils are eager to get fresh terms agreed with the Spaniard – and it’s vitally important that they do that sooner, rather than later.
After all, Herrera’s been a crucial part of the Man Utd team in recent weeks. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has welcomed him back into the fold, and you could argue that he’s been the reason why the club have been so good. He embodies everything that has been impressive about Man Utd as of late; the commitment, the passion, the excitement – he’s got it all.
Technically speaking, he’s a fantastic player too. He’s got a great range of passing, and this has allowed him to emerge as one of the chief creators at Old Trafford, whilst his range of tackling and his ability to read the game makes him an ideal central midfielder. His presence has allowed everyone else to improve, too, given that they’re safe in the knowledge that someone as robust as Herrera is alongside them.
As significant as anything else, though, is Herrera’s passion. It was clear from the moment that the Spaniard moved to Old Trafford that he’s a dedicated and passionate individual, and that remains true to this day. Nobody does as much for the cause as the 29-year-old, and he’ll chase every last ball down until the final moment – that’s just the sort of player he is. And that’s just the sort of player that a top team needs.
He might not be the flashiest or the most exciting player to watch, but Herrera is every bit as important as the likes of Paul Pogba and David De Gea to this team. Will he be a starter next season? It’s hard to say at this stage, but what he will be is an invaluable member of the dressing room at Old Trafford, and whenever the manager needs, they know he can do a job. He’s reliable, and he’s the perfect player to have in the squad.