Ander Herrera has confirmed that he was feeling good at raring to go after recovering from a hamstring injury sustained against Sevilla last month.
The Spaniard returned to the starting XI in Sevilla having missed almost a month of action but only lasted 17 minutes before pulling up once again.
Scott McTominay, a favourite of Jose Mourinho, has stepped into his role of midfield aggressor and impressed in wins over Chelsea and Liverpool.
But Herrera, speaking to the club’s official website, made it clear that he was fully fit and ready to reassert himself on Mourinho’s lineup over the next couple of months.
“I feel really good,” he said.
“I’ve been training with the team for five days now, and I feel good, I feel fit and ready to help the team after the international break,” he said.
“It was a pity to not be able to help the team after Sevilla away because I was feeling good before that, but football sometimes has these stops. Fortunately, I haven’t had too many.
“Now is the time to finish the season as well as I can and help the team and we want to try to win the FA Cup and keep the second place in the league.”
The Spaniard has struggled to exercise the same influence on the pitch as he did last season but you cannot help but feel his tenacity and impetus would have played an important role against Sevilla.
United’s dearth in midfield aggression gave the Steven N’Zonzi and Ever Banega a platform to take control at a nervy Old Trafford, while Mourinho inexplicably resorted to long balls to Marouane Fellaini.
And with every game from now to the end of the season having a ‘cup final’ feel in the wake of United’s exit from the Champions League, supporters will hope to see Herrera return as Mourinho’s pit-bull in the middle to compliment Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.