Ander Herrera has revealed that he is excited by Manchester United’s attacking options and is loving every moment of playing, training and working alongside one of the most experienced and well-known names in world football – Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Spaniard spoke after United’s 5-2 victory over Galatasaray in Sweden on Saturday night, with goals coming from Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney (X2), Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata. Herrera feels that Jose Mourinho has got the perfect mix of attacking options at his disposal. The 26-year old, who turns 27 in just two weeks, admitted that he hopes the side can score plenty of goals this season.
“Hopefully, we can score a lot of goals next season because that’s what we want to do. I think the strikers can be a very good mix and combination because they all have different qualities.”
The clubs coming off the back of a season where goals is one thing Old Trafford certainly lacked which ultimately cost the side, given that the Red Devils missed out on a top-four spot on goal difference, but the Portuguese manager has looked to address that problem instantly by bringing in Ibrahimovic and the Bundesliga players player of the year, Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The former Athletic Bilbao man has admitted that he now feels United have all areas covered when it comes to the striker’s position.
“Ibrahimovic is more of a target man while Rashford can find the spaces because he is so quick and fast. So I think it is good for the manager to have those different options.”
Marcus Rashford certainly showed his blistering pace that was being spoken about by the midfielder when he powered past the Turkish side’s centre-back on Saturday evening in Gothenburg only to be swiped out by the goalkeeper to earn United a penalty, which Ibrahimovic was seemingly impressed by, judging by his reaction from the bench. Herrera went on to speak of his awe of the 34-year-old Swedish striker who kicked off his Manchester United career in fine style with a goal showing off that incredible technique and aerial presence that he has in his locker.
“We are going to follow Ibra, because we have one of the best players in the world and we have a big leader in our dressing room with him and with the experience of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young as well we are very optimistic about the future.
“The start by Ibra was fantastic but I wasn’t really surprised he scored such a wonderful goal because I have watched him for a long time.”
Herrera then touched on how beneficial Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s guidance could be to Rashford but later revealed his own eagerness to learn from one of world football’s biggest superstars.
“Ibra and Rashford are quite different in terms of qualities, Marcus (Rashford) can learn a lot from him (Ibrahimovic) and not just him. We are all going to learn from Ibra. It is a unique opportunity for me to learn from a legend like him and I hope to take advantage of that.”
This season I am very optimistic about Manchester United’s ability to score goals. I think we arguably have one of the best attacking outlets in the Barclay’s Premier League. Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford will undoubtedly hit the back of the net fairly often, and the likes of Rooney, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Memphis Depay, and Jesse Lingard will hopefully also chip in from time to time, given that all those mentioned players will presumably rotate in the four attacking positions United have been setting up with. Ander Herrera himself is also known to have that attacking eye within him, furthermore, with talk of Paul Pogba being added to Mourinho’s squad imminently, that will strengthen our firepower in the attacking third as he is a player who will bring more creativity but also loves to drive forward with the ball and have the occasional pop at goal from distance.
However, more promisingly, we will seemingly see a change in the style of football that we will go out and play this season, given that Louis van Gaal is not in charge. Fingers crossed that United will no longer go out and play negative football when it is not needed and we will see more similarities than we have been to the Manchester United of old.