Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has credited Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa for the development of Ander Herrera.
Since moving to Old Trafford in 2014, Herrera has never really managed to hold down a regular starting berth within the Manchester United first team, with both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho not playing a game that best suited Herrera’s qualities.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival at Old Trafford in December has seen United play a much more aggressive, dynamic and high pressing style of football which has been more suited to Herrera’s energetic style of play.
United fans first saw a glimpse of Herrera when they played Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao back in 2012, with the Basque club sensationally knocking out Sir Alex Ferguson’s side out of the Europa League, with Herrera earning rave reviews for his dynamic display in the heart of midfield.
Herrera put in the latest excellent performance in United’s last outing – the 2-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday evening – and speaking ahead of this weekend’s Premier League game against Liverpool, caretaker boss Solskjaer credited current Leeds United manager Bielsa for the 29-year-old’s schooling.
“He covers every bit of grass on the pitch and has so much passion, energy and enthusiasm,” said Solskjaer in his pre-match press conference.
“I remember when he played against us (United) for Bilbao. He has gone through a good school in Bielsa.”