Ander Herrera produced another powerful performance from midfield during Manchester United’s first leg 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi-final.
The Spaniard, deployed at the base of midfield in Michael Carrick‘s absence, was a robust, effervescent figure all evening, making a series of vital tackles and interceptions.
His stats from the game shed light on the complete nature of his performance.
Herrera's game by numbers vs. Hull City:
93% pass accuracy
4 tackles won
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Very few would now dispute that Herrera, handed a new lease of life under Mourinho, is now enjoying his best season at Old Trafford. The two preceding campaigns under Louis van Gaal were indeed littered with good moments, but there was always a tangible sense of uncertainty in the midfielder’s approach, almost as if the Spaniard was unsure of the exact nature of his role.
His role under the 53-year-old, on the other hand, is remarkably clear: to rampage across every single inch of grass, making a seemingly never-ending series of interceptions, tackles, passes, turns and tactical fouls. He has morphed from a creative influence in midfield to a complete box-to-box midfielder in the space of a year, and such a role suits a man clearly knowledgeable of what it means to represent a club of Man United’s magnitude.