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​​​​​​​Ander Herrera has impressed in Manchester Uniteds midfield and he looks set to start against Liverpool on Monday Night Football. Takkarist McKinley Womens Jersey. The Spaniard already looks like Jose Mourinhos best partner for Paul Pogba in the middle, writes Nick Wright. Herrera has had to be patient at United. It is more than two years since he first set foot in Carrington, but the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder has featured sporadically for the most part, struggling to nail down a place in the team and frequently finding himself on the fringes.Herrera started just 36 out of 76 Premier League games in his first two seasons at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal, and history seemed to be repeating itself when he was relegated to the bench by Mourinho after playing in Uniteds 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on the opening day of the new campaign. Herrera was sacrificed for world-record signing Pogba, with Marouane Fellaini keeping his place instead. The decision seemed to pay off as United beat Southampton and Hull, but they soon faltered, and Herrera caught Mourinhos eye as a second-half substitute in their galling 2-1 defeat by Pep Guardiolas Manchester City at Old Trafford. Ander Herrera has impressed Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in recent weeks Ander came on in the second half and he was the one who allowed us to recover the ball fast, to press higher, to bring the team higher, to recover the ball, to build a new wave of attack, to put another long ball into the last line, said Mourinho. Ander was phenomenal in his attitude.The 27-year-old was back on the bench for the 3-1 defeat by Watford despite Mourinhos praise, but he returned to the starting XI for the 4-1 thrashing of Leicester, and he remained there for their 1-1 draw with Stoke - a performance Mourinho described as Uniteds best of the season so far, despite the frustrating result. With Fellaini back on the bench and the ageing Michael Carrick overlooked, its now Herrera who looks like the best foil for Pogba in an unfamiliar holding role. Indeed, its no coincidence that his return to the side coincided with Pogbas best performance in a United shirt against Leicester, or that Mourinhos men have created more clear-cut chances in the last two games (eight) than in the previous five combined.For while its not always Herrera who plays the final pass, his dynamism from deep injects speed into Uniteds attack. Juan Matas selection ahead of Wayne Rooney has also contributed in that regard, but Herreras underlying importance was highlighted by his absence against Zorya Luhansk, as United mustered just two shots on target in a laboured 1-0 win at Old Trafford. Ander Herrera (21) provided the platform for Paul Pogba (6) to shine against Leicester United missed his quick, accurate distribution. Fellaini brings physical and aerial strengths to the table, but the Belgian does not possess Herreras ability to intelligently recycle possession at speed, nor can he match his urgency off the ball. Premier League tracking data shows Herrera has made 49 sprints per start this season. Fellaini has made just 37. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Herreras impressive form was recognised with his first call-up to the senior Spain squad last week, and he puts it down to the change of position. Its going well, he said. I know I have to keep working to earn Mourinhos confidence even more, but its true that I feel good in the new position and its also true that maybe that little change of position was what has allowed me to receive a Spain call-up. Ander Herrera impressed in a defensive midfield position against Leicester As well as adding speed and incisiveness to Uniteds general play, his defensive output has given Pogba greater licence to attack. Paul is a very strong, very physical player who shoots with both feet, said Herrera. He can dribble, he can defend. He has it all. I can then stay back to steal the ball, to keep the position, and from there initiate attacks.Herrera is excelling in that regard. The midfielder made more interceptions than any of his team-mates in Uniteds games against Leicester and Stoke (11), and his combination of front-foot defending and smart distribution has helped Mourinhos side turn defence into attack with greater fluency. VOTE: Liverpool v Man Utd top 50 Who is the greatest Liverpool or Manchester United player in Premier League history? Its had a knock-on effect on his midfield partner. Pogba scored his first goal and produced a man-of-the-match display in the win over Leicester and the Frenchman has created more scoring chances (seven) and had more shots on target (three) in his last two Premier League appearances than in his previous four alongside Fellaini.They are encouraging signs for Mourinho, but Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has urged caution over Herrera and Pogbas good start, and the pairing will be sternly tested in the weeks ahead. I dont think Mourinho will look at that performance against Leicester and think Pogba and Herrera are his midfield two, said Neville. Ander Herrera brought the best out of Paul Pogba against Leicester United have got three games in the next six that are against Chelsea, Liverpool and City, and they still have to build up that trust to him, to us, the crowd, that they are good enough to play in these big matches. Can they then go and deliver in the bigger games and against the better opposition? Thats when the ultimate test will come.It starts at Anfield on Monday night. Jurgen Klopps side rank top for chances created and goals scored this season, and the speed and fluidity of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho will test Herrera like never before. This, though, is the opportunity the Spaniard has been waiting for. How he comes through it could prove decisive.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Carra on Man Utd title hopes Man Utds rivalry run VOTE: Liverpool v Man Utd Top 50 WATCH: Ready for Red Monday? Sean Harlow Youth Jersey .C. -- Benn Ferrieros familiar with scoring important goals, just not in back-to-back games. Duke Riley Jersey . Their 9-19 record remains identical to the crosstown rivals in Brooklyn and trails both Toronto and Boston in the Atlantic Division. Raymond Felton, their declining point guard, is back on the sideline nursing his third injury of the season.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Hawks will remain on the east coast for their next two road games and start with the Miami Heat Wednesday night. The Hawks will visit the Brooklyn Nets Friday night and havent played well on the road as evidenced by a 2-4 mark. They are 8-2 at home and went 3-1 on a recent stay at Philips Arena. Atlanta posted its third straight win and ninth in 12 tries with Tuesdays 109-105 triumph versus the Boston Celtics, as Kyle Korver knocked down six of his seven 3-point attempts en route to 24 points. Korver scored 13 points in the second half. Paul Millsap and Al Horford scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, for the Hawks, who made 52.4 percent from the field, 11-of-24 3-pointers and scored 28 points off 23 Boston turnovers. We executed well on offense, and our defense was key in the second half, Millsap said. The Hawks are averaging 10.7 points per game in the last five and are ninth in scoring with 103.8 ppg. They need to tighten up the defense and are 24th in opponents scoring at 101.7 ppg. Atlanta has scored 90 or more points in every game (16 games), the longest such streak to start a season since the 1989-90 squad of Dominique Wilkins and Spud Webb turned the trick 34 straight times. The Hawks have shot 50 percent or better in four straight games (8 total). Miami is back home for a moment after splitting its trip to New York and Washington. The Heeat defeated the Knicks, 86-79, on Sunday and dropped a 107-86 decision the next night against the Wizards. Duke Riley Womens Jersey. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, and Mario Chalmers rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points. Miami made 45.8 percent of its shots and connected on a lowly 2-of-22 from downtown. Every time we tried they made shots, said Wade. Whether it was a defensive breakdown or they just continued to make shots ... they earned a win. They wanted it, and they got it. The Wizards led wire-to-wire and had a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter. They sank 54.2 percent from the field and 10-of-19 3-pointers. Miami hasnt scored 100 or more points in its last eight games and is 5-1 this season when doing so. The Heat are 8-0 when leading after 36 minutes of action and Wade is shooting 58.7 percent in his last seven games. The Heat are ninth in opponents scoring (97.0 ppg), but suffered a 114-103 loss in Atlanta on Nov. 14, when Millsap and Horford scored 19 points apiece to lead eight Hawks in double digits. Chalmers (23), Shawne Williams (21) and Bosh (20) paced the Heat, who did not have Wade in that one. Miami has lost the last three matchups with Atlanta and is still a dominant 15-5 in the previous 20 games in this series. 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