He did start against Yeovil Town last weekend, scored a wonderful goal and was by far the best player on the pitch. He also had a solid start to his United career, scoring goals in back-to-back games against QPR and Leicester.
It appeared that Van Gaal rated the midfielder highly because of all David Moyes’ targets at the club when he was sacked, Van Gaal decided to go through with signing Herrera over a top quality midfielder in Toni Kroos.
But Herrera appears unable to earn himself a regular spot in the team and with options at an all-time high, Herrera’s mid-season injury seems to have hindered his progress.
A broken rib picked up in a chance collision with a referee earlier in the season saw Herrera miss key games against Manchester City and Chelsea. His absence unintentionally gave Marouane Fellaini the chance to impress Van Gaal.
After coming on as a sub for Herrera at West Brom, Fellaini scored and would go on to start the next seven league games with Michael Carrick also returning to form.
With van Gaal regularly praising Carrick’s performances and his comments about Blind being ‘fixed’ in the line-up, Herrera is going to have to impress at every opportunity to regain a spot in the eleven.