Man United boost as key man set to reject Spanish return

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is ready to reject a possible summer move to Barcelona and commit to the Premier League club, according to The Times.

The Spanish playmaker has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou in recent days following Ernesto Valverde’s appointment as the Catalan outfit’s new head coach.

The trainer worked with Herrera in their mutual time at Athletic Bilbao and is a known admirer of the hard-running midfield man.

However, United have received a real boost if the latest reports are to believed, with the 27-year-old set to stay at Old Trafford.

Herrera’s commitment to the Red Devils would buck a trend of players moving from the Premier League to Spanish football’s big two, with Gerard Pique and Cristiano Ronaldo both leaving United to join Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively.

The Bilbao-born midfielder has grown in stature at Old Trafford over the last 12 months in particular, with Jose Mourinho clearly a fan of the high-energy star.

Herrera provides a effervescent work-rate, poise on the ball and exemplary technique to the United side and as such keeping him in Manchester should be viewed as a real coup.

Mourinho’s midfield mix is still not completely right, with one of the Portuguese trainer’s biggest tasks at Old Trafford figuring out a dynamic that will get the best out of Paul Pogba.

Herrera’s presence in the United side has undoubted helped the France international improve after a slow start to life back in England, with the pair comprising an impressive partnership in the heart of the Red Devils team.

While the midfielder’s commitment to the club will come as a real boon for the fans, the fate of team-mate and compatriot David De Gea still remains a concern as Madrid lurk in the shadows.

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