Ander Herrera made his comeback from injury last night when he played for Manchester United’s U21s in a five goal rout over Lancashire Senior Cup opponents Blackburn Rovers.
After originally fracturing his rib in the 2-1 win over West Ham, he aggravated the injury against West Brom and hadn’t featured since.
Playing as part of a flexible three man midfield, and at times behind the striker, Herrera made the game look easy as he stepped down into reserve football.
In the first few moments of the game Herrera kept it simple, receiving and offloading the ball as quickly as possible. After a few sloppy touches and misplaced passes Herrera started to get back into his rhythm and announced his returned to the United set up with a well taken goal.
After the first two goals were scored, United dominated possession and Herrera was untested for much of the game. United’s dominance in midfield meant he was rarely under pressure and was able to dictate the tempo of the game, dropping in and out of attacks as he pleased.
Herrera did come close again later on when he forced a smart save from the Rovers keeper after a great piece of play by fellow team mates Andreas Perieria and Saidy Janko.
All in all Herrera can be happy with his performance and well taken goal. He appeared to come through the game without any injury concerns and will have certainly given Louis van Gaal something to think about come the weekend.