Herrera scored in Man United’s comfortable 3-0 win over Everton on Saturday and Rooney scored as well, his first goal away from since November last year.
Rooney has come under a huge amount of criticism recently, despite becoming England’s all-time highest goalscorer, beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s record with his 50th goal against Switzerland in September. Yet Louis van Gaal has stuck with his captain, refusing to criticise him or drop him from the starting line-up, despite calls to do so from a large amount of United fans.
Although it wasn’t one of Rooney’s most incredible performances, it was a relief to see him get his second Premier League goal of the season, against his former-club. Herrera says, off the back of his return to the scoresheet, that he’s the best player England have ever had.
“Wayne is our leader,” said the 26-year-old.
“He is the best English player in English history and we are lucky to have him. When he fights like he did today we can be very proud of him. He has always helped me a lot.”
He looked good again, adding a much-needed pace to United’s midfield, alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin. He said he enjoyed scoring on his return but needs to keep up performances like it to continue to be in Van Gaal’s starting line-up.
“When I have played [like that] I think I can be happy,” he added.
“You always have to give everything and I did that. But if I want to be a top player I have to play like this always.”
Competing with players like Sir Bobby himself, Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Paul Gascoigne, it’s high praise from the United midfielder.
Herrera has been out of the United side for almost a month despite impressing in performances prior to being dropped by Van Gaal. Many have wanted him to replace Rooney in the side, but the Spaniard came in for Memphis Depay against Everton.