Wednesday 21 February 2018

David Moyes set for German scouting mission to run rule over Patrick Herrmann

Moenchengladbach's midfielder Patrick Herrmann (C) in action against VfL Wolfsburg earlier in the season.
Moenchengladbach's midfielder Patrick Herrmann (C) in action against VfL Wolfsburg earlier in the season.

Mark Ogden

David Moyes is planning a personal scouting mission this week to watch Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann against European champions Bayern Munich.

With Manchester United facing a blank weekend following FA Cup elimination against Swansea City earlier this month, Moyes is preparing to fly out to watch the 22 year-old in Friday’s Bundesliga clash at Borussia Park.

Moyes has yet to add to his United squad during the January transfer window, despite a run of form that has seen the faltering champions lose four of five games in 2014.

But with the Scot determined to approach the summer window with a list of attainable targets, Herrmann has emerged as an alternative to Marco Reus, whose escape clause at Borussia Dortmund cannot be triggered until 2015.

Herrmann, who has represented Germany at every level below the senior team, is regarded as a rising star in the Bundesliga and a key factor in Monchengladbach’s title challenge this season.

The attacking midfielder earned his first senior call-up to Joachim Low’s full squad for the World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan last March, but has yet to be capped at senior level.

With Moyes determined to add emerging talent to his squad, Herrmann will become the latest player to be personally scouted by the United manager this month.

Moyes will also monitor Max Kruse, Monchengladbach’s Germany striker, with Bayern defender Dante also likely to be assessed due to uncertainty the Brazilian’s future at the Allianz Arena.

Meanwhile, United captain Nemanja Vidic has urged the current squad to continue to believe in the club’s prospects this season following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Chelsea, which left the team languishing in seventh position.

Vidic, who will serve a three-match suspension after being sent off at Stamford Bridge, said, “It’s important we stick together and work hard for each other. If we do that then I think we can turn things around.

“If you look at the whole game [at Stamford Bridge] I don’t think we played too badly. I don’t think losing three goals really tells the story.

“But we just have to stay positive and keep fighting to be in amongst the top teams at the end of the season.

“Hopefully, with a bit of luck, we’ll have better days. On Sunday, we were good for long periods, but it was one of those days that turned out badly for us.”

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