Ander Herrera produced another powerful display at the heart of midfield during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Spaniard enjoyed a frantic midfield battle with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can all afternoon, making a number of important interceptions and tackles.
His stats from the game shed light on what was a complete performance against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Herrera's game by numbers vs. Liverpool:
1 key pass
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Against a Liverpool side employing a midfield diamond and, of course, their usual intense pressing game, this was always going to be a scrappy, furious midfield battle.
And Herrera, in similar fashion to when the two sides met back in October, was at the heart of this midfield furore. The visitors produced more energy and slickness, but it was Man United enjoying the majority of the momentum going forward. Needless to say, such a dynamic was fostered by Herrera’s pure tenacity and drive in the middle of the park.
Such an environment is ideal for a player of Herrera’s calibre: fast, scrappy, occasionally dirty, utterly unyielding. He is, without doubt, Jose Mourinho’s main enforcer in midfield, and he has proven to be crucial in games against bigger sides where midfield battles promise greater levels of aggression.