Manchester United and Liverpool are set to battle it out for the signature of Mexican Hector Herrera. The midfielder caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers when he helped his national side to a surprise victory over Brazil in the Olympic final.
The midfielder plays his club football back at his boyhood club Pachuca yet Andres Fassi, the club’s sporting director, has stated that official interest in Herrera has been expressed from both United and Liverpool according to soccerlens.com. Despite not making a move for midfielder just yet, Fassi has stated that Pachuca would support the player should he choose a move to England.
With suitors in the Premier League and Pachuca supporting his decision to move on, the ball really lies in Hector Herrera’s court. Moving to either Liverpool or Manchester United would be fantastic for the midfielder, yet given the choice I think United would be the best fit for the Mexican.
Firstly lets look at why Liverpool is not a good fit for Herrera. Despite being described as a winger in several player evaluations, the Mexican prefers a more central midfield role. Yet with Lucas Leiva, Steven Gerrard , Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Joe Allen all in the Liverpool squad questions would be asked as to where Herrera fits into Brendan Rodgers system. The Mexican is also renowned for his versatility and could be used in another position yet whether he would agree to move to a club where time in his preferred central role could not be guaranteed is unlikely.
In addition, Liverpool look set to introduce Nuri Sahin on a loan deal from Real Madrid, adding to their midfield strength. In their matches against West Brom and Hearts the Reds have shown a severe inability to create or convert chances. However Herrera is more of a box to box player, working hard to regain the ball for his side and play it forward to the attacking third of the pitch. Liverpool certainly need to strengthen their squad yet Herrera’s role might be one where they already have a solution.
In contrast, the Mexican would be a perfect fit for United. Sir Alex’s side have already signed Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa in the middle yet both these players are more attacking central midfielders. With Paul Scholes not getting any younger and Darren Fletcher out indefinitely due to his bowel illness, Herrera might just be the player to balance out the Red Devil’s midfield.
Sir Alex craves a holding midfielder for his side that would allow his attacking weapons to do their work. Although he is certainly no replacement for Roy Keane, nor has anyone been since the Irishman’s departure, Herrera’s impressive work-rate, clinical passing and strong tackling would make him a good lynchpin in the middle of the Manchester United team. The Mexican international is still only 22 years old and has plenty of potential that could be exploited by Sir Alex Ferguson with the help of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
Overall, if Herrera does decide a move to England is what he is destined for then there is no better destination then Manchester United. As well as being in a stronger, more successful spell then Liverpool, Herrera would be able to acclimatize to the English game under the developmental skills of Sir Alex. Javier Hernandez is already a friend in the United side and the midfielder would soon establish himself in a pivotal role in the United team. Nicknamed ‘Zorro’, Herrera could well see his status in world football shooting upwards towards the end of the transfer window.
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