Herrera, 24, enjoyed a dream debut against LA Galaxy with a trio of assists and an all-round performance that showcased his passing range, intelligence and ability to control a game.
That sort of midfielder has been missing from United’s ranks ever since Paul Scholes took a step back from regular first-team football and Mata is looking forward to building a playing partnership with him.
“He is a very, very good midfielder,” said Mata.
“He’s a good guy, my friend, and we’ve known each other since we were 15. He’s top quality, he can play quick, slow and dictate the rhythm of a game.
“He can score as well. He’s a very complete midfielder and can bring these qualities to the team.
“I enjoy playing with quality players like him and Wayne Rooney.
“We try to play the same way.”
Herrera’s style of play very much suits Louis van Gaal‘s philosophy based around intelligent footballers and alongside the likes of Mata, Rooney and Van Persie, there’s plenty of others in the team who are on the same wavelength as the Spaniard.
It’s early doors in Herrera’s United career but the early signs are that he is precisely the midfielder United fans want him to be and more, so excitement is really building to see his Premier League debut against Swansea on August 16 at Old Trafford.