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Manchester United balls: statistics prove Herrera is better than Paul Scholes?

by | 8th, April 2015

Just how good is Manchester United’s Ander Herrera? Well, the Daily Express’ Ben Jefferson takes time out from his usual diet of Transfer Balls to state that the Spaniard is very good:

The stats that PROVE Man Utd’s Herrera is BETTER than Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal stars

Which stats? Which stars?

The Spaniard’s current form has drawn comparisions with Paul Scholes from the Old Trafford faithful.

Old Manchester United fan 1: “He’s not as good as Scholes?”

New Manchester Untied fan 2: “Whose Scholes?”

Jefferson adds:

But Herrera’s season-long stats show that the 25-year-old may be more well rounded than Scholes.

He does the housework and puts the kids to bed?

In fact, the stats show that Herrera is one of the best all round midfielders currently plying his trade in the Premier League.

The graphic – provided by – shows Herrera has more goals than Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and more assists that Manchester City star David Silva.

He has five Premier League goals this season. That makes Herrera the league’s joint 37th top goalscorer, alongside such cheaper talents as Gomis (Swansea City), George Boyd (Burnley) and Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace). He’s less prolific than the also far cheaper Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Cazorla (Arsenal), Chadli (Spurs) and Eriksen (Spurs).

The former Athletic Bilbao man also has a better pass completion rate than Jordan Henderson…

Henderson has more goals, though.

Jefferson says Herrera  (4) has more assists than Manchester City’s David Silva (3).

But he has less than Herderson (7), Matthew Phillips (QPR) and Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion). Herrera is the joint 29th top assistant.

…and more successful passes than Chelsea’s Oscar.

Although Oscar has more assists and goals.

Herrera is a good player. But to put him on a par with Scholes and to make him a superior talent to Silva, Coutinho, Oscar and Henderson is fanciful.

But Jefferson doesn’t stop there.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey trails Herrera in terms of shot accuracy while Steven Gerrard can’t match his tackles won per game…

So. Presumably, if able to pick any of those players to represent their club, Manchester United fans prefer Herrera over, say, Ramsay, Silva and Henderson?

Sure they would. After all Herrera is the Spanish Paul Scholes…

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