Herrera started the match as a late replacement for after Anthony Martial who was injured in the warm-up and Rooney ended up taking the injured Frenchman’s role as a lone striker.
While Juan Mata scored the only goal of the game, Lingard insists Herrera and Rooney also deserved more plaudits.
“Obviously with Anthony getting an injury in the warm-up, we put Wazza up front and he did really well,” Lingard told ManUtd.com. “He was a handful and also made a good assist.
“When players are out of the team, it can be difficult but Ander came in and gave us energy in midfield.”
Rooney has shown he’s willing to put the teams needs above his and van Gaal certainly loves a good multi-functional player doesn’t he, although the Dutchman did say Rooney wasn’t particularly happy about returning up front.
Although he had a late notice, Herrera did brilliantly to help inject energy into the side and ensure we claimed all three points against Norwich, keeping us in the race for a top four finish this season.
With a tough fixture against West Ham on the cards this week Herrera will be hoping to keep his spot in the starting line-up, while Rooney will most likely be playing in the midfield with Marcus Rashford set to return.