By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Ander Herrera has been criticised by Manchester United legend Paul Ince for being too “weak” for the Premier League.
Ince is also convinced that Herrera’s team-mate Marouane Fellaini would be better off moving to a new club.
Herrera, who has missed the last two matches against PSV Eindhoven and Leicester through injury and has also been ruled out of Saturday’s home clash against West Ham, is a fans’ favourite but is struggling to establish himself as a first-teamer under Louis van Gaal.
Giant Belgian Fellaini has started just one Premier League game this season after a lengthy run in the team at the of the last campaign.
Speaking to 888Poker.com, Ince said of Herrera: “When they bought Herrera I thought it was a lot of money and when I first saw him he was small and looked quite weak, especially for the Premier League.
“I watched him play in Spain and he suits the Spanish game but I don’t think he suits the Premier League.
“When he plays he gets forward and gets a couple of goals but Van Gaal has gone for two strong ones sitting in there and it’s hard for him to fit into that.
“I’m not sure he’s going to be a regular in a Louis van Gaal side and although he’s a very good player he’s just more suited to Spain.”
Ince, who played for United between 1989 and 1995 and won two Premier League titles, also believes Fellaini is at the wrong club.
“I feel sorry for Fellaini because the price tag was a lot of money,” added Ince. “He played decent for Everton as a No 10 under Moyes but there are certain players in certain teams under certain managers who suit each other’s styles.
“With Fellaini I think he’s a very intelligent player but he’s at the wrong club. For a player of that ability to come on for the last ten minutes in every game more or less just for long balls…I think he’s better than that and he deserves a chance.
“It’s also a sad indictment of United not creating enough chances when they have to throw him on and put balls into the box.”
United host West Ham at Old Trafford on Saturday, with Van Gaal without six first-teamers following injuries to Wayne Rooney and Marcos Rojo.