Another away game, another disappointment, although last night’s draw at Cambridge United, was something of a new nadir for Louis Van Gaal’s side. While fans, pundits and the media pick over the bones of the Reds abysmal display one question that needs answering why one of his team’s most talented midfielders is failing to get the games he and the side need.
Ander Herrera cost over £25 million yet has barely had a run of games in the side since his Summer move, a fact exacerbated by the obvious need for someone with his particular skill set in the middle of the park. Half of Herrera’s 12 league appearances this season have come from the bench- with the midfielder managing a grand total of 62 minutes in his last three league games. Last night against Cambridge again saw the former Atheltic Bilbao given less than 25 minutes to try and inspire victory- despite his best efforts it wasn’t enough.
Van Gaal is running out of excuses with some of his decisions- don’t get me started on three at the back- but one of the more baffling is still his refusal to give Herrera a proper run.