Ander Herrera once again demonstrated his importance to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side with another excellent performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Spaniard, deployed alongside Paul Pogba, dominated proceedings with a characteristically tenacious and energetic display, carrying out his defensive duties whilst providing attacking impetus.
He took full advantage of a poor Harry Kane pass in the centre of midfield for Man United’s goal, picking up the ball and firing an inch-perfect ball to Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who blasted past Hugo Lloris to put the home side ahead.
A quick glance at the 27-year-old’s numbers sheds light on what was an emphatic midfield performance: 81% pass accuracy, 5 chances created, 4 tackles won, 4 interceptions, 1 assist.
Eric Dier, reflecting on his heated exchange with Herrera during England’s 2-2 draw with Spain last month, insisted that he would “see him [Herrera] soon.”
And he did – albeit from the bench. The Englishman probably envisaged making a crunching tackle on Herrera during the opening stages, but all he could do in reality was watch on with a glum expression as the Spaniard – with the help of Pogba – nullified Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama all afternoon.
This was another unyielding display from Herrera: power, energy, precision and, above all, complete dedication to the badge. The midfielder comes across as just another fan, such is his sheer passion whenever he pulls on a United shirt.