Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has heavily rotated his squad this season, as it feels as though the manager is still searching for his best combinations in several areas of the field.
It’s this inconsistency that is the root of all the Red Devils’ problems at the moment, and perhaps that is beginning to have an effect on the players as individuals. Make no mistake about it, this is a world-class squad available to Mourinho, but, quite staggeringly, the majority of footballers at the club are just struggling.
Take Ander Herrera for example, he has been in and out of the team, despite being a practical mainstay during Mourinho’s debut season as boss. The Basque-born midfielder was brilliant that year, but now he looks a shadow of his former self.
Herrera has been struggling so badly, both Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes had question marks about his overall ability in the wake of United’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal. They even questioned whether the former Athletic Club man should be at Old Trafford…
“You have to question the quality of the player,” Scholes said on BT Sport last night, per The Independent.
“Rio asked the question there when he said: ‘Is Ander Herrera capable of playing that ball to Pogba?’ Now, he’s in 15-20 yards of space, it’s probably a 30-yard ball – a simple ball – if he’s not good enough to play that ball then he shouldn’t be at this club.”
I like Herrera, I think he’s an excellent player to have in and around the dressing room. I think it’s harsh to question his ability, he’s a talented player with some rare traits that United aren’t making the best use of at the moment.
Again, though, it comes back to regularity when playing. If he isn’t be allowed to string a run of games together, what else should we expect? Look at Anthony Martial, he looked poor when given limited chances, but when he was started week-in-week-out, the results speak for themselves.
My worry is that the midfielder’s mind is already made up, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him leave the club come season’s end as his contract is winding down.