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07 Feb 2019 21:17:09
Anyone know much about Upamecano and whether there’s any substance to the rumours we’re interested in him?


{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of specific interest from MU but many sides have looked but the asking price has put sides off.}

1.) 09 Feb 2019 00:40:21
Apparently we had an agreement to sign him but tried to change something regarding the deal last minute and it fell through. Sound like typical journalist bull to me though.



06 Jun 2018 16:25:00
Someone mentioned a Kohler sleeve deal a while ago and apparently the guy who brokered it let slip United have activated Griezmann’s release clause?! This was a while ago and just read United are about to announce Kohler as a sleeve sponsor for £10M a year! 😳.


1.) 06 Jun 2018 18:25:42
Was just about to post this. Has some legs as it was posted 7 days ago.

2.) 06 Jun 2018 18:17:05
Yeah I posted about it last week. It's a rumour that certainly has some legs. Maybe as an early Christmas present ed002 can put us out of our misery and let us know if we're still interested?

{Ed002's Note - The "release clause" for Griezmann is not anything to do with Manchester United.}

3.) 06 Jun 2018 18:49:08
Thanks ed. Have United been in contact with Atletico over a deal for the player?

{Ed002's Note - I have explained their interest in the apst. Right now the player is at the World Cup and no doubt pondering the Barcelona situation. AM want him to stay.}

4.) 06 Jun 2018 19:01:07
Thanks ed! If you have the time in the future to explain "release clauses" it would be amazing. I think the general consensus of them is X player has a £50 million clause. We bid and that's that. I think this assumption stems from Football Manager. Would love more details about it when you have the time. Cheers!

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps a reminder about transfer related clauses would be apt. This is a horribly complex area not least because they are written under individual national laws. They cause a great deal of misunderstanding with football supporters and the media alike.

The "buy out clause" is legally binding between a club and a player. The "buy out" is effectively what it says - a means for the player to buy himself out of the contract. As an example, if a player wishes to buy himself out of a contract, he pays the applicable FA (on behalf of the club) the amount of the "buy out" clause effectively becoming a free agent. The problem is that in most cases a player would need to obtain that money from the buying club - and this is fraught with issues regarding "tapping up" and, of course, taxation (as it can be seen as income for the player and would therefore be subject to income tax). There was a test case about the taxation issue in Spain about five years ago which is why they have an exception. All players in Spain and Portugal have a release clause that allows the player to buy himself out of his contract without tax implications. This was to address a ruling from around 30 years ago allowing players a way out of their contracts. It works differently in Iberia to elsewhere as the tax implications do not make such clauses viable. All players in Iberia must have a figure set and agreed with the club. So "buy out" clauses are very rare. Related to this is the Webster Ruling but I don't intend to go in to that now.

A "release clause" is far more common in that it gives a figure that the club would accept for the sale of a player to another club - but it is not legally binding except where both parties (clubs) are in the same country (for the sake of argument I should say that football Spain and Portugal count as the same country as do England and Wales) for legal purposes. These are normally unreasonably high figures (Messi at Barcelona for example) introduced to act as a deterrent for hostile bids - and even then the club could easily block a move. However, if a club in the same country does agree to match a release clause then the selling club would be obliged to ask the player if he is interested - there is no obligation on the player to make a move. For interested clubs outside of the country, the selling club may use it as a guide but are under obligation to accept a bid and may demand a higher figure.

There is then the becoming popular "termination clause" which is binding between the player and the club and if met would see an offer from anywhere accepted and the player given the opportunity to make a call on a move. This overcomes the issues associated with "buy out" clauses as the money would be paid by one club to another and about the legal proximity of the buying side.}

5.) 06 Jun 2018 19:13:05
On another matter, I see Diogo is all over the Man Utd homepage, But no sign of Fred as yet . I thought it was all done and dusted. And who next? . I wonder.

6.) 06 Jun 2018 19:31:55
Rock - i asked the same question. It looks like we have agreed the deal with his club but no official signing.

7.) 06 Jun 2018 20:52:40
Fred passed his medical on Monday so unsure why there hasn't been an official announcement. Only thing on the club website confirms the agreement between clubs.

Funny article I read that Arsenal are looking to make a move for Fellaini on a free transfer.

8.) 06 Jun 2018 21:18:23
Its possible due to the player concentrating on Brazil where dalot isn't with Portugal!

9.) 06 Jun 2018 19:41:41
Ed002, this is exactly why I come to this site; a proper education. Thanks for the breakdown.

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11.) 06 Jun 2018 21:37:46
I thought it was because of international clearance? Whatever that means.

12.) 06 Jun 2018 23:34:40
Excellent insight into the world of transfers, thanks ed002, much appreciated.

13.) 06 Jun 2018 23:38:24
It’s quite easy to understand really.

14.) 06 Jun 2018 23:40:37
thanks ed02.

15.) 07 Jun 2018 00:02:05
Thanks ed002.

16.) 07 Jun 2018 00:56:52
Great insight Ed002 much appreciated.

17.) 07 Jun 2018 09:17:39
I would guess it’s related to him needing to obtain a work permit while Dalot doesn’t.

18.) 07 Jun 2018 10:39:25
Really interesting to read ed002, Thank you. Maybe one of us should forward this to the press I blame them most of the time for people's misunderstanding of transfer issues.

{Ed002's Note - They are on "red alert" waiting for it.}



21 Jun 2016 11:41:10
Hi Ed's, can you confirm the rumours regarding the Manchester City Rumour Page approaching Ronnie to sign for them til the end of the summer transfer window?


{Ed001's Note - it is done deal, just awaiting Ronnie's signature on the dotted line....}

1.) 21 Jun 2016 12:17:27
I lead a sad life unfortunately Ports and Manchester United is my one and only love!

I may annoy a lot or if not all of you, but, I'm here! Sorry!


2.) 21 Jun 2016 12:37:26
Ha, no need to apologise Ronnie, good to see a fan with as much passion as you do.

3.) 21 Jun 2016 12:47:30
Cheers Ports! 👍.

4.) 21 Jun 2016 13:02:51

Keep posting buddy. Fans like you and fresh add a lot of value to the site.

5.) 21 Jun 2016 13:12:38
Keep going Ronnie, to be honest you are not doing anything different from most of the tabloids. taking a punt on a player coming in with the hope that one of them is correct. Then they can claim an exclusive.
Your suggestions are just a little more random and I don't know most of them.
I enjoy everyone on here, regardless of whether we agree. Beauty of being a fan. we have differing opinions.

6.) 21 Jun 2016 13:26:22
Keep it up Ronnie. Got to admire how you have got under the skin of a minority.

7.) 21 Jun 2016 14:33:00
How about Ronnie for England?

8.) 21 Jun 2016 16:25:04
Aaaaarrrrrgggghhhhh, matron!

9.) 22 Jun 2016 08:34:12
Top stuff Ronnie and Tony😀😀.



11 May 2015 21:58:07
Evening Ed's, kudos on the Benzema shout regarding the possibility of a bid being made as this has come out in some of the media today. My question is, if possible to offer an answer or opinion would be where United would stand against other clubs in the transfer. Obviously money is not going to be an issue, I should imagine we are ahead of Liverpool but I suspect Chelsea would be interested so do any of you have any insight or heard any murmurs on who Benzema would potentially favour? I'm not sure how his relationship with Mourinho was which would be a factor. Thanks for any views.


{Ed004's Note - Impossible to answer because I don't know what Benzema thinks. If he's available a number of clubs will be interested but I can't see him leaving.}

1.) 12 May 2015 15:22:40
havent we tried to sign him in the past and he said no?



08 Apr 2015 16:39:12
I see a lot of people discussing the striker situation with RVP rumoured to be sold and the likelihood of Falcao not being signed. The name mentioned quite persistently at the moment is Cavani. Regular names include Ronaldo and Benzema, Schmeichel mentioned Ibrahimovic but one name that I haven't seen mentioned is Lewandowski? It was only in Feb when rumours (and I appreciate they are only rumours) that he was potentially unhappy at Bayern? Personally I think he'd be ideal, a proper number 9 for Rooney to play off. Perhaps an Ed could give any information on these rumours and if there is any potential development with his position at Bayern.

Apologise if this has been dealt with.


{Ed002's Note - Lewandowski won't be moving to Manchester United.




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12 Mar 2019 14:54:50

I must say, it's nice to see a few players on social media wishing LVG all the best in his retirement. I know he wasn't everyone's favourite but he did give Rashford his debut, signed Martial and brought Lingard into the United team as a regular and won the FA Cup.

I think he should be recognised as an important figure in Football and I think despite the football he played, he put in a lot behind the scenes that will go unrecognised in getting United back to being successful, especially with the youth.

Cheers Louis.


{Ed002's Note - Good for you.}

1.) 12 Mar 2019 19:41:05
I always loved LVG, mad as a box of frogs but a great character. We got him far too late, he would have been a real success15 years earlier but then we had SAF.

2.) 12 Mar 2019 22:33:25
Totally agree Ports. It is far too easy to overlook the good he did. He was a manager at big clubs for a reason and he did win us a trophy.

3.) 12 Mar 2019 23:01:47
Best of luck to him in his retirement.

4.) 13 Mar 2019 01:26:50
Louis Van Gaal was the best of the three managers since Sir Alex. He stamped his imprint on the team straight away, the players learned a lot from him, and what a character he was. He had an eye for young talent, and showed more imagination than Moyes or Mourinho. A true original.

5.) 13 Mar 2019 07:17:15
You guys have a short memory. Nothing against the fella but do you not remember the boring sideways football. The man got sacked after winning us a trophy because no one could stand to watch the dull football he made the team play. All the best in your retirement Mr van gaal but let's not forget how glad we all were to see the back of him.

6.) 13 Mar 2019 09:15:30
I also wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavors.
I also found his tenure at utd the most boring time to be a utd fan.



06 Mar 2019 23:04:12
Tonight was great and Ole is doing so well but let’s wait til he has a real challenge before we all give him the job hey! 😆.


1.) 07 Mar 2019 02:03:24
So true ports I mean who have we really played so far.
We were lucky to get a penalty too otherwise. (sarcasm folks)

2.) 07 Mar 2019 09:24:48
Hahaha, at least a 5 year trial!



12 Feb 2019 14:10:55
Afternoon, looking forward to tonight's game and confident we can get a couple of goals but keeping the clean sheet is so essential. Hoping De Gea won't be relied on to much but CB's will need a strong performance and Herrera and Matic will be key tonight IMO.

As for positions in the summer, it is well discussed that we need a RB in the summer. I think we need to be very clever with our recruitment to avoid paying ridiculous prices and wages and a RB I wouldn't be opposed to signing would be Matt Doherty from Wolves.

Not sure if he has been mentioned but watched him last night and he got up and down the right side, is 6ft so will be a solid choice in defence duels, his combination play at times was excellent last night when going forward and can play of both right and left foot. Also at 27 he is a good age. I personally think he would be worth looking at.


1.) 12 Feb 2019 15:36:25
Doherty is an interesting option ports. I think we should have gone for Cedric before his loan move to inter. We need someone who can rotate with Dalot next season as he is extremely promising but not ready to play week in week out.

2.) 12 Feb 2019 16:17:38

If you are thinking the clean sheet is important then I think you could be disappointed, I think there will be goals for both teams tonight. I see no reason why we won't cause them problems at their place in a few weeks as well so in my opinion if we can go there with any lead I will be delighted.

In all honesty I am just happy we have a chance and I can't wait to get there tonight, it should be immense.

3.) 12 Feb 2019 17:20:47
It could as easily be 1-2 or 5-2 who knows.

4.) 12 Feb 2019 18:36:28
3-1. Can't see us keeping a clean sheet, but before Xmas, I wouldn't even have bet on us scoring over the two legs, so I'd be ecstatic with that.



21 Jan 2019 21:58:05
Evening. Going to offer my opinion on the manager situation. For me the reason has nothing to do with tactical knowledge, experience or previous managerial success. It is to with the players and although we all agree players are not bigger than the club, in today’s football the players are assets both on and off the pitch. And what Solskjaer has done since coming in in my opinion is address issues with our 4 biggest assets, De Gea, Pogba, Martial and Rashford.

If rumours that all 4 are close to signing new contracts it sends out a big message:
1 - Top players are happy playing for Solskjaer .
2 - Top players feel that Manchester United is again a club where they can achieve their football ambition which I assume would be to win trophies.
3 - Top players are enjoying the style of Football Solskjaer is encouraging.

People will come back with his tactical knowledge but he comes across as a student of the game who studies teams, tactics and training methods and has shown in 1st half v Tottenham that he can get a team going out with a specific approach which proved successful.

My only thing would be if Solskjaer is given the job is that Mike Phelan HAS to remain as part of his staff and I think his role has been so important too and getting a DoF in at the end of the season.

So that’s my thoughts, really happy with the whole feel about the football side of the club at the moment and never thought beginning of December there would be talk and hope of getting 3rd let alone 4th.


1.) 22 Jan 2019 07:53:10
Its a managers job to get players playing well.
Jose couldn't ole has .

2.) 22 Jan 2019 08:29:23
For the me the key to any managerial appointment is the director of football. Lvg and mourinho both failed when it came to recruitment.

Every time we looked like we had turned a corner we had a nightmare in the following transfer window.

Lvg 15/ 16 - depay, bastian, morgan and darmian all look to have been poor signings 3 years on.

Jose 17/ 18 - lukaku, matic and lindelof, only really lindelof you can say has a future at the club.

Taking recruitment out of the hands of the manager will make it easier for someone like ole to focus on getting the best out of the players at his disposal.

3.) 22 Jan 2019 08:49:41
I like your Post Ports, all your points echo my thoughts and I am sure many of the followers here. Personally though, I have decided not to dwell on the managerial status much until I have seen enough. As in CL displays, progress in the Cup, reaction to 1st loss (if ever :P ) etc.
For now I just enjoy watching Man Utd games again, more for pleasure than as an obligation.

4.) 22 Jan 2019 10:23:44
I don't think you should take recruitment out of a managers hands entirely, after all it is his head on the block if that signing fails.

What we need is a DoF to bridge the gap between the board / money men and the manager / football side. It seems that we have had a scatter gun approach to transfers because some have been who the manager wanted, some have been who the club wanted and some it seems might have been a compromise between the two.

The lack of cohesion has meant we have ended up with players who don't build on what we have or complement the squad.

A DoF would hopefully bridge that gap and bring stability and cohesion to our transfer policy. But that very much includes the manager and what they feel they need to improve the squad.

5.) 22 Jan 2019 10:44:03
Im not saying to take it completely out of the hands of a manager and no player should be signed without the managers approval.

But allowing a manager to bring in his own type of players then sacking the manager but leaving his players there just leaves a disjointed squad put together by 4 different managers.

Weve signed two back fours since ferguson retired but last season our best back 4 was valencia smalling jones and young. Clearly something is clearly wrong with our recruitment strategy.

6.) 22 Jan 2019 14:08:29
There are problems with recruitment, but it is linked to poor man management, and an inability to help players develop.

Take centre back.

Jose signed Lindelof and Bailly. Two players he scouted, and obviously rated. They’re young, and would have benefited from having an established cb to guide them, but have bags of potential. Jose treated the pair very poorly, publicly questioning their ability to play at this level, and dropping them for long periods. Two promising young players whose confidence was decimated by the manager who signed them. Lindelof is starting to show what he’s capable of, and Bailly has everything needed to be a very good central defender (as evident in his first season) . But their development stalled under Jose, and that’s directly down to management.

7.) 22 Jan 2019 14:55:38
Not defending Jose as his man management was crap. But "and would have benefited from having an established cb to guide them. " And he didn't get that. Unless those above thought Smalling was enough to guide them.

8.) 22 Jan 2019 16:48:18
Whilst i agree with the sentiment and the overall thought process but i think people are forgetting that we won 3 trophies in the first season and finished second to an almighty city team last season and both would not have been possible if the players didn't play well enough. So just generalising that Jose couldn't get the players playing well seems inaccurate. Yes, a few turned on him and that led to his downfall but it wouldn't be right to put all the blame on his door.

I firmly believe that we have put a temporary stoppage on the leakage and someday soon it will again start dripping. To put it in Jose's terms, we have used a medicine or a vaccination to subside the viral infection rather than operate it to remove it forever. Someone posted the other day on what would happen when a Lukaku or a Sanchez starts infecting the dressing room because they are benched.

What happens when Pogba has a few bad games, would he be benched and then would he start the circus again? Now most of you may disagree with it, but only the first 3 games were good, Spurs first half was good. But other than that, we have been subpar. So, i don't see Ole being all that. Yes, the thing that he has going for him is the positivity around the club which Jose couldn't, most of it due to his own doing.

Its not about Ole or Poch or whoever gets the hot seat, its about getting the structure fixed first so that the power or the authority remains rather than it being be "who is the boss" and everyone, player or the manager trying to get one up on the other.

9.) 22 Jan 2019 17:09:21
Well said. SHAN.

10.) 22 Jan 2019 19:20:12
Good post Shan. Could be argued that Joses first 2 seasons were the most he could get out of the players. Ole has been there for 7 games, bit premature to say that he has. He needs a bit more time.

11.) 22 Jan 2019 19:30:32
Absolutely angel, agreed. And that has been the precedent with Jose throughout his career. So the real question should have been asked of the board that why was his contract extended in the first place if he weren't going to be backed. He wanted a CB and a right winger and even after he is gone, we are looking for those only. So he must have been right somewhere, isn't it?

12.) 22 Jan 2019 19:32:14
Pressed send too soon. Just to add angel, Ole can't be assessed on 7 games. The end of the season would probably a better barometer on where he is and more importantly, where we are.

13.) 22 Jan 2019 19:46:59
I’d say it’s got to be Ole’s to lose now although I still think Poch is the board’s first choice.

14.) 22 Jan 2019 23:42:26
Shan, personally I don’t believe that If Pogba has a bad game and is benched, justifiably if out of form then Solskjaer will handle the situation better than Mourinho by not calling out players and almost ridiculing them in the press. This was Mourinho’s downfall. Same with the others. Solskjaer was a top player at the top level, played for the best manager ever so knows what top players need and what makes them tick.

People may point at his time at Cardiff but the players, with all respect were not of a level or standard that Solskjaer would be used to or probably expect from a premier league side. This is why I don’t believe that young managers necessarily have to drop leagues to gain experience, working with lesser players, lesser facilities that they are accustomed to. Would Zidane or Guardiola been successful at an Elche or Getafe?

Now you may point out Molde not being at the standard he would expect but he was a player there so expectations could be better managed of what he could do there.

15.) 22 Jan 2019 23:46:09
The only time to assess OGS is at the end of the season. We will have played every team. I would love him to get the job because if he does we will have finished in the top 4.
I still don't think that would guarantee him the job but imo a good cup run and top 4 should be enough to secure him the job. We will know more in a moths time.



18 Dec 2018 17:37:05
I think the way Woodward works, the next gaffer be it on a permanent basis or interim manager is anyone's guess but here's a question for people. Although this will not happen, if SAF was to take the team til the end of the season, where do you think we'd end up in the league and regarding cups. I could see us finishing 3rd, getting past PSG and maybe winning the FA cup. Which I think shows we have a decent squad, just need to get it working and pushing in the right direction.

For what it's worth, can see Carrick getting it til end of season and maybe Phelan coming back in.


1.) 18 Dec 2018 17:50:30
fergie back at the helm were winning the treble haha.

joking aside although it would be great fergie's time has been and gone. we need to move forwards we would be back in the same boat come the summer.

i wouldn't be to fussed if we took a few weeks to sort it out, were all going on about a plan now is the perfect time to outline one.

2.) 18 Dec 2018 19:17:31
SAF of old maybe, he’s older and long retired, and he has had health issues.




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25 Apr 2019 09:44:00
I personally believe that if we sell Pogba, this will have a big impact on certain players, in particular Martial, Rashford and Lingard.

I get the impression that Pogba is the big personality who people follow and despite his obvious talents, I just don't think he has the right attitude.

If Pogba is sold, I can see Martial, Rashford and Lingard becoming more focused and improving, in particular Martial.




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25 Jan 2019 12:04:12
I quite like Werner however, I would like to see one more season of Lukaku under potentially the guidance of Solskjaer.
He has all the physical attributes to be a dominant striker, he can score goals in the league and at International level. I just think he needs some guidance and coaching to fine tune the areas that really let him down, 1st touch, movement off the ball and a bit of composure in front of goal. I appreciate these are all very important things but like I said, he just needs fine tuning as it seems his professional career he has got by on his raw talent that got him to this standard but since then, no one has really developed him to go onto the next level like a Drogba. A good pre season under someone like Solskjaer could really unlock that potential and take him from a 15-20 goals a season to a regular 25-30 goals a season.




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16 Jan 2019 20:11:50
Would love to see the window open the day after the champions league final and close the day before the first game of the season. I know some leagues start different times but really the big leagues start around the same time so wouldn’t be that bad. Go with what you have for the season and if injuries occur, you go youth.




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13 Oct 2017 15:04:50
I agree that contracts be for the manager or the player never dictate whether the manager or player stays or not but what it does ensure is some protection that if they were to go due to their own decision or they were approached by another club, we would get a fairer deal rather than if they only have 1 year left on their contract.

I also think if Mourinho signs an extension it signifies the clubs intent for longevity and consistency with the project which may appeal to future transfer targets. RVP was a prime example who came to play for Sir Alex and was left gutted when he retired the following year.

Unfortunately this doesn't always work, David Moyes, but s a different level, a different beast to Moyes so I think him signing a long term contract is a good signal. I also believe this is the job he will stay in longer than any of his previous jobs, I can see him staying for a good 6 to 8 years at United.




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15 Aug 2016 13:05:08
If I had to choose on performances I would still opt for Young over Depay as he is pretty reliable however I still think Depay can and will come good and Jose seems to see potential from comments he has made so unfortunately that is another player Young is behind. I think Young is to good to just be a bit part player and he deserves to get regular football but just not with us. I do like Young as an individual though from interviews and he seems to love being a United player so I hope he gets a good club should he leave.





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25 Apr 2019 13:06:53
He should have been dragged when Sterling out jumped him to win a header. Regardless of whether we had subs or not!




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25 Apr 2019 10:11:28
I think Lingard is good when we are pressing high with intensity and on the counter. We saw this last night early on and in the first leg v PSG until he went of injured. But when we are not doing either, we are carrying him and this is the issue. A good preseason so the players are at the fitness levels that Solskjaer wants and so that we can maintain a higher tempo for longer I believe we will see a better Lingard.

There has been a lot of pressure on Rashford and I think we are seeing him burning out a little bit now coming to the end of the season which is resulting in his dip in form. Again, a good preseason, a mature approach to managing his conditioning and we will see a more consistent Rashford.




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28 Mar 2019 13:57:13
I think United Addict is Paul Ince!




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26 Mar 2019 19:23:21
Mumbles, not disagreeing with that but what about the next player who deserves it to be then on par with DDG. The wages keep increasing and players will demand more and more. We have a small chance to regain some structure regarding wages if we act now but if we give DDG what he wants then we are stuck with paying huge wages. I love DDG, best in the world but if we can get 2 top quality players for his supposed demanded wages we would be better off strengthening that way IMO.




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26 Mar 2019 14:28:42
I'd be happy with a summer of Doherty (Wolves RB), Koulibaly, Rice and Sancho.

Personally with the wages DDG is wanting I think now would be the time to say thank you for your service and goodbye and really invest in our defence. Promote Romero and with a solid back 4 we shouldn't be losing much defensively with a slight downgrade on GK but large upgrade on defence.

If we can get Sanchez and Pogba of the wages too that would be good also and keep hold of Herrera.