Ander Herrera, the last man standing of Louis vanGaal’s signings?

​One of the issues Manchester United supporters have had

with former manager Louis van Gaal were the unstudied

signings in the transfer market or the targets he missed.

Leaving behind those players that he himself bought and

sold, like Angel Di Maria who turned out to be a mercenary

and used United as the bridge to achieve his real goal; his

transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, let’s have a look at the

players that were bought by the Dutchman and the way they

have been treated by Jose Mourinho.

Luke Shaw

Two or three years ago considered as one of England’s best

young talents, Luke Shaw is simply not finding the way in

Mourinho’s Starting XI as the player is yet getting disturbed

by that injury that saw his leg broken. Everyone at United

was happy to see him back, but the problem doesn’t seem

to be gone, as in the games he has started he hasn’t been

comfortable as the opposition has given him a hard time.

Media reports that there have been issues between the

player and the manager as well and it has been two games

in the row where the manager has declared all his players fit

but no sign of Shaw in the team sheet. Fitness remains an

issue for him as everyone knows that he is talented and he

was doing really well until he suffered the injury.

Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian

It’s somehow unsurprising that the issues United are

currently having is in the left down side where Daley Blind

and Matteo Darmian are not convincing the manager. The

Dutch international is surely an important player up front as

he has been key in the wings, but his defensive skills are

often put in question and this is a big problem for the

Portuguese manager. That’s why Blind hasn’t been a

regular starter. It’s the contrary with Darmian as the Italian

is a good defender but can’t help a lot in the wings.

In difficult situations, he struggles, and the problem is that

his cross delivery is weak and he is not quick enough to go

upfront. When he was first signed Louis van Gaal had big

plans for him as he was going to be the key player of the

defence of three, but the results weren’t satisfying so his

good start soon left the place to poor performances that

caused United a lot of issues.

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Marcos Rojo

Another Louis van Gaal signing is Marcos Rojo who has

surprised everyone with his performances. He picked an

injury two weeks ago and hasn’t started regularly since

then, but thing is that the Argentine is one of the most

improved players under Jose Mourinho. Many would agree

that Rojo would be favourite to leave the team soon but

Mourinho insisted on playing him and his decision has been

justified by Rojo who himself has gained a lot of fans

recently and on the other side making it hard for Smalling to

have his status back as irreplaceable in United’s starting XI

but he surely needs to work more.

Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin

The biggest question of Van Gaal’s transfer market is

without a doubt the midfield. This month, two signings made

by the Dutch, Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay left

the club in permanent deals at Everton and Lyon

respectively. Midfield balance is key for a Jose Mourinho

side and Morgan were left clueless of what he had to do as

his average performances didn’t convince Mourinho to keep

him.

Memphis, for sure won’t be missed as he never seemed to

work hard to earn a place in the team. It’s true that the

player faced tough competition for a place in the team but

he didn’t even bother to try. We all wish him good luck, but

point is that he never lived up the expectations we had on

him. Despite the Dutch relation, we can’t blame Louis Van

Gaal for going for him. When part of PSV the player would

score stunning goals from free kicks or amaze with his

style. His big boy attitude was the biggest problem and he

wasted his talent because of the behaviour.

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Sergio Romero

The second choice at Sampdoria, Sergio Romero was one of

those signings that was hard to understand why it was

made in the first place. With the De Gea situation, Romero

thought that he finally found the right moment to become

the first choice. That blessed fax machine turned the

situation round and in the end, he remains second choice to

De Gea. The love towards the club it’s impressive as based

on reports he has refused an offer in his home country even

risking his place in the national team to remain a United

player.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Favouritism has always been a big problem for Louis van

Gaal wherever he has gone and Bastian Schweinsteiger was

the chosen one. He was signed when he was still injured

and the midfield general always benefited from this and it

caused problems among United players who questioned the

manager’s decision from time to time leaving Jose without

any option but to drop him from the team. This has served

him a lot as his patience has paid off and he is now getting

his place in the team eventually.

Anthony Martial

However, a worry is Anthony Martial’s situation who was

dropped against Stoke City where the necessity of a player

of his calibre was obvious. It’s the manager that has

questioned Martial’s efforts in training and this has involved

them in a big argument. He hasn’t played much and the

French international has indeed pulled good performances

but his efforts are satisfying the manager which means that

we soon may have news on the situation between the two.

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Ander Herrera

Hardworking, captain material, the only player who has

made the grade Jose Mourinho’s team is Ander Herrera.

Louis van Gaal never used him right and the player was

incredibly frustrated why the philosophy the manager was

imposing on him wasn’t working. Then the new manager

was telling him that Louis van Gaal’s philosophy stuck in his

mind wouldn’t be good enough to have a place in the team.

Confusing, right? Well, we all know how stubborn he is and

when we all thought that the player was on his way out

things changed. Herrera was now Mourinho’s choice for

Paul Pogba’s midfield partner and along with Michael

Carrick, they have become irreplaceable. Here are the

reason why:

Stubborn enough to get what he wants Herrera was patient

enough to wait for his chance. Mourinho’s style of play fits

him perfectly, he is aggressive and the tackles he makes are

important to keep the opponent out of United’s half. He has

even shone when he played in the number 10 role

confirming what most of the fans have been confident

about, his vital role in the team.

He never lets you down and he is similar to former United

player Roy Keane in his behaviour but looks as innocent as

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A fans favourite, everyone cannot get

enough of Ander Herrera, he is all over the place and always

up for something. When you think that Louis van Gaal

refused to play him and now Ander is an important part of

the team just shows how much of a difference six months

can make. That’s the attitude for a player that really wants

to play for Manchester United. Whether Van Gaal wanted

him or not that’s a different matter but the most important

thing is that the player is indeed one of Jose Mourinho’s

main man.

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