13/08/2014 10:07, Report by Adam Marshall
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Analysis: Ander Herrera's debut

Ander Herrera made his first Old Trafford appearance for Manchester United against fellow Spaniards Valencia on Tuesday night.

ManUtd.com paid special attention to the midfielder's 76 minutes on the pitch as he played his part in the Reds' 2-1 triumph.

Although a first pass down the left-hand touchline ran out of play, he was into the groove within a minute with an accurate lay-off to Phil Jones. Once settled, he spread play neatly and soon displayed mastery of the ball by spinning it into the path of Ashley Young during a rapid one-two.

By using his body, he was able to shield Paco Alcacer away and ferry the ball back to Chris Smalling, before a first opportunity to shoot arrived. The fans urged him to try his luck but, instead, his through-ball drifted harmlessly to Diego Alves in the Valencia goal.

As he cut out Dani Parejo in midfield, there was evidence of Herrera's ability to win possession and spark attacks, and a well-timed sliding tackle on Rodrigo Moreno on 19 minutes earned appreciative applause from the United faithful. Four minutes later, he managed an attempt on goal as he latched onto a headed clearance to execute a volley from the edge of box, but Alves watched it bounce harmlessly wide.

Always at the hub of things, the midfielder looked initially to be harshly penalised for a foul but, in fact, referee Jon Moss brought play back to punish Young. Moments later, he won another generously awarded set-piece when impeded by

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