Manchester United began their Premier League season confidently this weekend, beating Bournemouth 1-3 at Dean Court thanks to goals from Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Jose Mourinho admitted to being a little nervous ahead of his first league game in charge at United, and he won’t have long to dwell on it given Southampton’s upcoming visit to Old Trafford on Friday evening.
Whilst attention has now turned to United’s performances on the pitch, several question marks remain over who will leave the club by the time the summer transfer window closes on August 31st, and Tuttosport think they know the identity of a player of serious interest to Juventus.
According to the report, the Bianconeri are also interested in Real Madrid’s out-of-favour Isco, but it’s £29m ( fee as reported by BBC ) Ander Herrera who the reigning Serie A champions are most interested in. The report doesn’t mention a price, but regardless, it feels relatively tenuous, not least because it would appear that Herrera is a part of Mourinho’s plans.
After two years at Old Trafford having signed from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, Herrera struggled to become an integral part of United’s plans under Louis van Gaal but has impressed in a midfield role on more than one occasion, scoring 13 goals in all competitions over the last two seasons.
Sunday’s game against Bournemouth also suggested that Herrera could force his way into Mourinho’s plans on a more consistent basis, as the Spaniard produced an accomplished display in a midfield pairing with Maroaune Fellaini. The Belgian impressed with this work off the ball, frequently breaking up play but Herrera’s work caught the eye in particular. His passing was incisive, unleashing Antonio Valencia on several occasions down the right flank and providing United with quick deliverie, which made for a less ponderous attack than United fans were treated to last season.
It feels unlikely that Herrera would be desperate to leave United, anyway. The 27-year old is particularly enamoured with the club, stating that he would have never have left the famously selective Bilbao club had it not been for United’s offer.
As such, it’s best to take this report with a pinch of salt. Yes, Juventus might well be interested in him, but that is no guarantee of United selling him. Whilst Herrera has yet to consistently excel at Old Trafford, and has yet to be considered for selection by the Spanish national side, he is clearly very fond of United, and if given the right role by Mourinho, conceivably in a midfield trio with Paul Pogba and Fellaini or Morgan Schneiderlin, this could be the season that he truly makes a difference at the club.