Herrera and Mata have been best friends ever since the former arrived from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2014 and Mata has made it clear how happy he is to see the tricky midfielder back in the team after an extended period on the sidelines.
Together, the two Spaniard’s helped United play their best match of the season in the 3-0 win over Everton. We had a much better tempo of play, our passing was more incisive and, more crucially, we were far more clinical in front of goal – thanks in no small part to Herrera’s goal and assist.
United’s attack has been painfully cumbersome at times this season but the fluidity we had at Goodison Park on Saturday has got fans yearning for more. It looked like a United of old going forward.
Louis van Gaal hasn’t yet settled on a starting XI which plays every week but in Herrera he has a midfielder who has outperformed every other player when given the No.10 role, so it would defy logic to push him back to the bench after his performance against Everton.
When it comes to possession football and decisive passing, it comes more naturally to the Spanish than anybody else, so it makes perfect sense for van Gaal to make Mata and Herrera two key pieces to his jigsaw.