What Moyes failed to do last season, Van Gaal has succeeded with after just one month in the United job. Ander Herrera has finally completed his move to Manchester United after missing out on the transfer to Old Trafford nearly twelve months ago.
United triggered the buy-out clause in his contract on Tuesday after having an initial bid rejected by Athletic Bilbao. The move still requires the receipt of the International Transfer Certificate, but is fundamentally complete.
He will join Van Gaal’s new club on a four-year contract, with an option of a further year. The terms were agreed earlier today following the final acceptance of a €36m deal.
The Spanish midfielder made 128 appearances for Bilbao after agreeing to join his hometown club from Real Zaragoza, four years ago. He scored 11 goals and supplied 15 assists. Last season, he helped the Basque club to their first fourth finish since 1998. Herrera has represented his country at Under 20, 21, 23 levels but impressing in the red shirt will inevitably, significantly boost his challenge to earn his first cap for the Spanish first-team.
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs said: “Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity.
“We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans. I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America.”
After a very poor season, Van Gaal has acted quickly and looked to strengthen the midfield, that has lacked quality for a while now. Hopefully for United fans, the accusation of Herrera is the first of many to come, this summer transfer window.
Herrera said: ”Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true.
“I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the UEFA Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far.
“I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club’s objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday,
“I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt.
“I will never forget my time with Athletic Club and I’d like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and, above all, wish all my fantastic former team-mates all the best for the future.”