Ander Herrera has sent a message to Jose Mourinho after Manchester United’s first leg 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final, noting that the Portuguese has made him feel important at Old Trafford this season.
The Spaniard, in what has been his finest season in a Man United shirt, has made 44 appearances in all competitions so far.
He was once again an effervescent, dedicated influence in midfield during United’s dominant 1-0 win over Celta on Thursday night.
And Herrera, speaking after the game, has heaped praise on Mourinho for making him feel important to the side this season.
”For me personally Jose has a lot of importance because he has played me regularly and has made me feel important to the team,” he said.
“But nobody will remember my season if we don’t get back into the Champions League.”
You can tell that Herrera, after two murky years with Louis van Gaal, now feels at home under the 54-year-old’s tutelage. I say murky because, for the entirety of the Dutchman’s reign, Herrera’s exact purpose in the side had not been discovered. Was he a No.10? A deep-lying ball-playing midfielder? A box to box kind of player? David Moyes, funnily enough, was the one who set in motion the wheels for Herrera’s move to Old Trafford and it showed during Van Gaal’s time at the club.
Now, however, his purpose could not be clearer: to serve as the side’s designated aggressor in midfield, and he has done it with aplomb this season.