Louis van Gaal insists he’s “very pleased”
with Ander Herrera’s CL display
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
was “very pleased” following Ander Herrera’s
performance against Club Brugge last night,
as per ESPN FC.
The 26-year-old made his first start of the new
season in the second leg of the Red Devils’
Champions League qualifier and the
Spaniard struggled in the opening 45 minutes
as he picked up a yellow card and was sloppy
However, Van Gaal was left very impressed by
his performance later in the game as Herrera
wrapped up the result with a late goal in the
“He started not so good,” said Van Gaal. “He
had a lot of ball losses and also a yellow card,
so at that moment I wanted to change him,
but then I saw he was coming back.
“And after that moment he plays a good match
on the ‘double six’ position, but later on at 10
he was better. So I’m very pleased also for
The victory secured United’s place in the
Champions League group stages with a 7-1
win on aggregate over Club Brugge.
Wayne Rooney scored for the first time in 10
matches as he grabbed his first hat-trick in
European competition since 2004 which
coincided with his debut for the Red Devils.
Herrera then sealed the win later on after being
moved up into the number 10 position following
Adnan Januzaj’s substitution for Bastian
Schweinsteiger at half-time.
The German came on in place of the
inexperienced Belgian and strengthened
United’s midfield superbly, composing those
around him and ensuring no comeback was on
the cards from the Belgian side.
He’ll now head in the group stages of the
Champions League with a side other than
Bayern Munich for the first time in his career.