Manchester United Football Club head to The Etihad to take on Manchester City in the first derby of the season.
The game itself is one that is full of intrigue. City are unbeaten domestically this term, although United have been in better form of late. They also haven’t lost a game at Eastlands in the league since 2014, they’ll know that they can go there and pick up some sort of positive result if they play well enough.
Before the game, ex-United man Darren Fletcher has had his say on the situation, and he thinks that one man who simply has to play is midfielder, Ander Herrera. The Basque-born 29-year-old has played well over the last two outings, and his movement, energy and work rate could well be key to getting a positive result.
“United have to try to stop [David] Silva somehow,” Fletcher told the BBC, per the Manchester Evening News. “And for them to do that, I think Ander Herrera has to play.
“Having been in the United dressing room with him, he is one of those players who remembers everything the manager says, and is constantly reiterating those points to the rest of the team.
“Not every player does that, because some of them are so tied up in the game themselves, but Herrera does not just remember his role, he remembers other people’s too.
“He is that influential to the whole team, plus he is aggressive and he can set a tempo for United when they get the ball back.
“I like him and I would have him in the team. He could go up against Silva and make it a difficult game for him, which does not happen very often.”
I would agree with Fletch. Herrera, in a trio alongside Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba, is what I’d opt for. It has the correct balance of attacking talent, defensive mindset, height and sheer ability.
Marking David Silva is no easy task. Herrera’s compatriot loves to pick up the ball and sought out that killer pass, but if we man-mark him out of the game, it gives us one less creative problem to worry about.