Position: Central midfield/attacking midfield
Current Club: Athletic Bilbao
This season: Seven La Liga games
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Ander Herrera—his face may not be familiar to all—but his name is already etched into the minds of Manchester United fans.
A botched attempt to bring Herrera to Old Trafford on deadline day ended amid allegations of "imposters" representing United in Spain.
It later emerged that negotiations faltered because of the 24-year-old's £30.5 million release clause and a failure, from United's standpoint, to understand the complex legalities of the transfer, as reported by the Guardian's Sid Lowe.
Failed advances aside, the player looks like he'd be a perfect fit at United. A young, gifted midfielder, Herrera can play a variety of positions and would offer something to fill that glaring Paul Scholes-shaped hole in the center of the park.
Like Scholes, the baby-faced Spaniard possesses amazing vision and an excellent first touch. He has great technique, likes to play a short, passing style and, perhaps unlike United's former hero, is an efficient tackler.
In fact, according to Squawka, Herrera's aggressive defending saw him win more tackles last season than Frank Lampard, Yaya Toure and Jack Wilshere combined.
The Spaniard is not the best in front of goal, having scored just six in 96 games for Bilbao, and he also needs to work on his possession. However, at 24, he has years ahead of him and his positive attributes outweigh the areas that need work.
Eligible to play Champions League football, Herrera would be a key component for United as they aim to get their season back on track.
According to the Daily Mail's Graeme Yorke, United scouts are still watching Herrera in La Liga. Perhaps the Red Devils will be more successful next time around.