Gary Neville predicts how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will replace Ander Herrera at Man Utd | Football | Sport
The midfielder played 189 games for the club and was adored by fans for his passion and commitment.
United are depleted in the middle of the park this season and might be weakened even more with Paul Pogba the subject of transfer interest from Real Madrid.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward sanctioned a £148million summer spending spree but no midfielder was purchased.
Neville does not think Herrera will leave a large void in Solskjaer‘s squad, though, telling Sky Sports: “Herrera to be fair huffed and puffed, but there’s loads of him around.
“There’s loads of Ander Herreras around. He’s nothing special, honestly. There’s loads of him around.”
Furthermore, Neville believes academy graduate McTominay, who has broken into the side over the last two seasons, can do the same job as the departed Spaniard.
“No I’m not confident in [United’s existing options] but my point is if you said to me put McTominay in there for 30 games this season, will he do a lot worse than Herrera? I don’t think he will,” the pundit said.
“I genuinely think, I know it sounds crazy, but Liverpool fans on [Jordan] Henderson and [James] Milner, they don’t really like them that much as players.
“But they actually accept that they give their all and if the team are winning and they’ve got a little bit of good around them, they’ll accept them.
“And that’s what Herrera is, those players. I was one of those at United for years where basically there were amazing players but actually there were five or six of us – myself, Darren Fletcher, John O’Shea, my brother, Nicky Butt – you need that solid element at a club but there’s lots of them around.
“The real big problem for United is getting the world-class players who are committed to the club.”
The Scotland international has typically played in a more advanced midfield role – the No 8 position – but has only scored twice and has no assists in 32 Premier League appearances.
Neville added: “He’s an impressive young man. There are probably more skilful players, players with better reputations than McTominay.
“But if you’re talking about character and resilience, that lad’s gone through it all to get to where he wants to be.”