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Pass-notes: Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera has quietly impressed at Manchester United since joining from Athletic Club, and returned from the Reds' US tour as a standout performer.

With fellow countrymen Juan Mata and David De Gea alongside him, Herrera has been quick to settle in the Reds' ranks. So as the new season draws ever closer, United Uncovered decided to run the rule over his promising start to life at United...

So, how has he settled? Very well it seems. Ander played his first game in a United shirt last month and showed no signs of nerves, claiming three assists as the Reds hammered LA Galaxy 7-0 in Louis van Gaal's first game in charge. That was enough to earn him the Man of the Match award and endeared him to fans immediately.

What qualities does he bring to the team? His addition to United's midfield adds another dimension compared to the players we already have. He's schooled in La Liga so obviously he has radar awareness, vision to pick killer through-balls and he's generally slick in possession. He's got guile going forward and dictates the tempo in the heart of midfield. And, not unlike Paul Scholes, he's a creative type who doesn't shy away from a tackle. He displayed great tenacity in the build-up to Wayne Rooney's equaliser against Liverpool. We liked that.

So, was that his best moment on tour? Not quite. Without doubt it was that pass for Ashley Young. While fans back home in England could be forgiven for missing the Reds' opening pre-season fixture, a 4am kick-off, those who followed the action were left looking on in awe at a moment of magic from United's new star. Picking up the ball in midfield, Herrera turned sharply before producing a perfectly weighted pass, allowing Young to round the Galaxy goalkeeper and seal the win. Worth waiting up for...

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