Ander Herrera scored his second goal in a week for Manchester United and it looked to put them on the way to another victory against Swansea City.
After his crucial goal that drew United level against Preston on Monday, Herrera fired his side in front in Wales but the team ended up with nothing.
It was Herrera’s first league start since the beginning of December and fans were instantly impressed with the fluidity he added to the team’s overall play.
But Louis van Gaal has regularly picked Wayne Rooney over him due to issues over balance and despite a good performance, defeat may have van Gaal wondering whether or not he needs to return Rooney back to midfield.
The only positive from me today is the goal. Superb build up play, and an excellent finish from Herrera. Otherwise – just random. #mufc
— Mohamed Seif (@MohSeif) February 21, 2015
The more you watch Ander Herrera, the harder it is to understand why he hasn't been starting games in recent months. Such a smart player.
— Chris Fleming (@Chris__Fleming) February 21, 2015
Herrera is soo positive on the field, always looks to move forward with the ball. Rarely see him turn his back to goal in midfield #MUFC
— Kanzayua (@Kanzayua79) February 21, 2015
6 starts. 6 goals. Herrera starting is a no-brainer now.
— Lisa MUFC (@girlmanutd) February 21, 2015
Imagine thinking Herrera isn’t good enough to start in United’s midfield. Banter.
— Samar Khan (@Samar7) February 21, 2015
Herrera in midfield – United's passing much crisper. Rooney up front – United's attack a little sharper. Simple really
— United Rant (@unitedrant) February 21, 2015
Despite his goal threat from midfield and talent on the ball, Herrera’s inclusion in the side tends to throw up more questions than answers for van Gaal right now.
Whilst it would be ludicrous to pin the defeat on the Spaniard, van Gaal needs to assess whether he offers as much defensive protection to Daley Blind as Rooney does and go back to a solid first approach.