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Can Manchester United afford to lose this midfield gem?

Be it the recent injuries or presence of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in Manchester United’s midfield, Ander Herrera has seen his first-team opportunity get very limited in recent weeks. That has prompted Barcelona to make an informal approach in an attempt to sign the Spain International star this January as a replacement for injured Rafinha.

Herrera was United’s best midfield player last season and it will be a real surprise to see him leave Old Trafford after just one full-season. However, if things do not improve for him in coming weeks, a move away from Manchester United may be his last resort to ensure he is in Spain’s national team ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament.

This season, Herrera has featured in 4 Premier League games so far and has only played the full 90 minutes once. These numbers do make good readings especially when we consider the kind of impact he had over Manchester United’s midfield last season. With Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin’s arrival this summer, Van Gaal has looked to favor 4-5-1 over 4-3-3, which has seen Herrera lose his starting XI place.

Barcelona, meanwhile are playing their cards very wisely as they know that from January onward, they will be able to sign any player they want as the transfer ban will no longer be in play. Initially, Paul Pogba was listed as their top-most target, however, with Juventus holding firm on their French asset, Herrera looks the most probable signing to ensure, they have a strong squad at camp Nou in competing for the La Liga crown this season.

Xavi left the club last summer and since Rafinha’s horror injury in Champion League, The Catalans have been left short in midfield position with Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic being the only options for Luis Enrique at the moment. Ander Herrera understands Spanish football during his time with Athletic Bilbao and he will be an ideal player, if Manchester United decide to let their star midfielder leave this January.

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