Starting behind the striker for just the second time this season, the Spaniard showed everything you’d demand of a No.10; quick and incisive passing, dangerous runs into the box, linking up with teammates, and helping out in defence.
A quick glance at the stats show just how effective Herrera was against Everton: 93% passing, 3 take ons, 1 assist, 1 goal.
Herrera’s continued omission from Louis van Gaal‘s starting XI has been a source of bemusement for Man United fans, who have at times this season been frustrated with the lack of panache and execution from their side.
But the 25-year-old brought both of those qualities in abundance at Goodison Park, almost single handedly picking apart Everton’s defence throughout the entire contest.
In adverse conditions, Herrera displayed not just individual brilliance but also sensational prudence and awareness of those around him; his well taken header and piercing pass for United’s third was coupled with a continuous ability to link up with the likes of Anthony Martial and Juan Mata.
United fans will hope to see today’s performance as a start of a continued spell at No.10 for the talented Spaniard.