Ander Herrera has impressed in Manchester Uniteds midfield and he looks set to start against Liverpool on Monday Night Football. Shawn Kemp 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? Daniel Gibson Jersey . Grilli hasnt pitched since straining his left oblique in late April. Manager Clint Hurdle says the right-hander will make a couple of appearances in middle relief before the team determines whether to return Grilli to the back end of the bullpen. 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The Marlins have played five games lasting 13 or 14 innings this season, all since June 6, going 0-5. The As were blanked for five consecutive innings before breaking through in the 14th. Brandon Moss doubled with two out against Jacob Turner (2-6). Donaldson singled on the next pitch, and Moss barely beat the throw home from centre fielder Jake Marisnick. The RBI was Donaldsons team-high 60th this season. Jim Johnson (4-2) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings. The 4-hour, 47-minute game left plenty of time for oddities. Oaklands Coco Crisp scored from third on a strikeout, while teammate Jed Lowrie hit into a 5-6-3 double play. The Athletics Yoenis Cespedes was out when he rose after a slide on a steal attempt, lifted his foot off second base and was tagged. Both teams ran out of healthy position players. Tommy Milone, scheduled to pitch for Oakland on Sunday, flied out when he pinch hit in the 12th. Moss and Alberto Callaspo had two RBIs apiece for the Athletics, who scored four times in the first inning against Nathan Eovaldi. But Miami rallied for a 5-4 lead. The As also squandered a 4-0 lead in their 9-5 win Friday. Chris Mihm Jersey. Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick left the game in the fourth inning with a strained right knee, and is day to day. Crisps alert baserunning helped the As score in the fifth to make it 5-all. He was at third with one out when Moss struck out and the ball rolled away from Saltalamacchia. When Saltalamacchia threw to first for the out, Crisp sprinted home and easily beat the return throw with a headfirst slide. Sonny Gray couldnt protect Oaklands early lead. He pitched five innings and tied a season high with five runs allowed, leaving him with an ERA of 5.50 over his past six starts. The Athletics vaunted rotation has an ERA of 6.14 over the past 11 games. Miami trailed 6-5 when Giancarlo Stanton doubled with one out in the ninth, ending closer Doolittles streak of 24 consecutive batters retired. On the next pitch, Casey McGehee hit a game-tying single, snapping Doolittles streak of scoreless innings. Doolittle blew a save for the second time in 13 chances. NOTES: As C Derek Norris, who left Fridays game due to tightness in his back, did not play and did not take part in pregame drills. Its uncertain whether hell be available Sunday. ... Marlins LF Christian Yelich is expected to be activated Sunday and rejoin the starting lineup after missing two weeks with a back injury. Miami is 31-26 when he bats leadoff and 8-16 when he doesnt. . Marlins RHP Anthony DeSclafani, who left Fridays game with a bruised right forearm, is expected to make his next start as scheduled. . Before the game, Miami recalled RHP Sam Dyson from Triple-A New Orleans. ... LHP Milone (5-3, 3.89) tries to win his sixth consecutive decision Sunday when he faces the Marlins and LHP Andrew Heaney (0-2, 4.91). ' ' '