Date published: Wednesday 14th August 2019 12:13
Gary Neville thinks former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is “nothing special” and has grouped himself in the same category as one of “those players”.
Herrera left United for Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the summer as a free agent after the club allowed him to run his contract down.
The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff, with the club reportedly identifying him as a replacement for Herrera – but Solskjaer has instead chosen to place faith in the likes of Scott McTominay, who is already at the club.
And Neville reckons that Herrera was “nothing special” at United despite some fans calling for an adequate replacement to be purchased.
“Herrera to be fair huffed and puffed, but there’s loads of him around,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“There’s loads of Ander Herreras around. He’s nothing special, honestly. There’s loads of him around.”
Neville thinks McTominay will be able to fill in for United, while he reckons Liverpool players Jordan Henderson and James Milner, himself and Herrera all fall into the category as one of “those players”.
“No I’m not confident in [United’s existing options] but my point is if you said to me put McTominay in there for 30 games this season, will he do a lot worse than Herrera? I don’t think he will,” Neville added.
“I genuinely think, I know it sounds crazy, but Liverpool fans on [Jordan] Henderson and [James] Milner, they don’t really like them that much as players.
“But they actually accept that they give their all and if the team are winning and they’ve got a little bit of good around them, they’ll accept them.
“And that’s what Herrera is, those players. I was one of those at United for years where basically there were amazing players but actually there were five or six of us – myself, Darren Fletcher, John O’Shea, my brother, Nicky Butt – you need that solid element at a club but there’s lots of them around.
“The real big problem for United is getting the world-class players who are committed to the club.”