Herrera was an injury concern after being substituted at half-time against West Brom but Louis van Gaal confirmed he had trained all week and was ready for Chelsea which is great news for United.
The impact Herrera has had from midfield this season has been profound and United are going to need his presence in midfield up against the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic if Chelsea aren’t to dominate the middle of the park.
As for Mata, the game has a far greater meaning given that only nine months ago he was still a Chelsea player and with Wayne Rooney still out suspended, it’s more than likely he’ll get another opportunity in his favoured No.10 role behind Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao.
In the last two games Mata has underwhelmed despite being played in his favoured position so reversing the trend against his old club Chelsea would be the perfect remedy.
Listos para disfrutar en Old Trafford de otro gran partido! Ready to enjoy another big match at Old Trafford! pic.twitter.com/s03g50KKd8
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) October 24, 2014
— Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) October 24, 2014
There’s no question that Chelsea is the biggest game this season and it’s the first real game in which United’s competitive credentials can be truly measured. If United can come away with three points, it could be the turning point with Louis van Gaal has been waiting for.