The Spaniard was well below par in Denmark last week, and would have been determined to play an important role in an improved team performance this time around.
And, alongside the imperious Morgan Schneiderlin, Herrera dictated proceedings for the entire ninety minutes, orchestrating a more fluent team display. The 26-year-old took to social media after the game to emphasise the importance of such an improved team performance:
Pinpointing exactly what went so disastrously wrong against FC Midtjylland last week is difficult; a lack of conviction in front of goal, poor defending, no attacking movement are just a few of the possible candidates.
The underlying issue, however, was a palpable inability to play as an integrated, harmonised group. In the cold Danish night, Louis van Gaal‘s team looked disjointed like never before.
Against Shrewsbury, that was reversed. Man United were – albeit against considerably weaker opposition – functioning as a collective unit. And, once in full flow, they were too much for the League One side, with Herrera and Schneiderlin acting as dynamic orchestrators in what was an excellent display.