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Solskjaer discusses ‘vital’ Ander Herrera

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described Ander Herrera as ‘vital’ to the way he wants to play, hailing his energy and tenacity.

The Basque midfielder was brought to Old Trafford in 2014 having impressed against Manchester United with his dynamic performances for Atheltic Bilbao two years previously in the Europa League.

Herrera has featured in 11 of the 13 games that Solskjaer has taken charge of, with the midfielder putting in a hugely impressive performance in United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Monday evening.

Not only did he open the scoring after latching onto a fine Paul Pogba cross, but he put in a excellent defensive display too, making a whole host of clearances (3), interceptions (3) and tackles (5) as well as winning eight of his 13 aerial battles to help keep another clean sheet.

The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, although reports today suggest that he is close to signing a new three-year deal, and speaking in the aftermath of the win over Chelsea, caretaker boss Solskjaer praised the Spaniard’s performances.

“His energy and tenaciousness is vital for us,” Solskjaer said in his post-match press conference.

“And that’s why he plays, more or less, every single game. He has loads of energy, he can cover the right hand side, he runs forward.

“Tonight you can’t just praise one, it’s 11 players, plus the subs, but Ander has done fantastic.”

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