Paul Scholes has ripped into Ander Herrera for the quality of his passing and questioned whether he should be at Manchester United.
The Spanish midfielder has been restored to the United starting XI in recent weeks and was named in the side ahead of the likes of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini for Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford.
But Scholes was dismissive of the abilities of Herrera, highlighting his failure to pick out Pogba with a pass in the 2-2 weekend draw at Southampton.
“‘He’s in 15, 20 yards of space, it’s probably a 30 yard ball, a simple ball, if he’s not good enough to play that ball he shouldn’t be at this club,” Scholes told BT Sport’s live coverage of the United-Arsenal match on Wednesday night.
• Pogba in space
• Herrera 30 yards away
"If he can't play a simple ball, he shouldn't be at this club!" ????
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Herrera was integral to United’s draw against Arsenal, seizing upon a rebound after Bernd Leno saved Marcos Rojo’s free-kick to pick out Anthony Martial in the six-yard box for the first of the home side’s two equalisers. His energy and tenacity in the middle of the pitch also did much to keep an impressive Arsenal at arm’s length. Scholes, who has been criticised in some quarters for being overly negative when assessing the club where he played so brilliantly for so long, is plainly not a big admirer of the Spaniard. Herrera is often damned as dog-of-war who snarls around the pitch picking arguments and winding up opponents, but he has now provided a goal and assist in the last two United games. The comments on social media following the Arsenal match were generally positive. Scholes, though, wants to see more than just a driven ball-winner. Where is the class or the composure of the great United midfields in which the BT pundit ran the show? Sadly, for fans of the club, glaringly absent.