Ander Herrera moved two steps closer to becoming the first Manchester United midfielder to hit double figures in a season since Paul Scholes in 2005.
Herrera’s first brace for the club took him to five in the Premier League and seven overall thanks to his two FA Cup strikes against Yeovil Town and Preston North End.
The Spaniard has certainly been a hit with the fans who constantly begged for him to be in the starting line-up during a two month spell where the midfielder didn’t start a league game.
His return to the side has coincided with a five game winning run in which he has been influential. It could easily be argued he’d already be on ten for the season had he been a regular starter throughout the campaign.
Scholes managed 12 in all competitions back in the 2004-05 season, a figure unmatched over the last decade. Last season under David Moyes, January signing Juan Mata managed six in a short period of time but the likes of Nani, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Shinji Kagawa failed to find the net at all, with Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher getting just one each.
Even under Sir Alex Ferguson, midfielders struggled for goals during his last season. Kagawa hit six during his first year at the club but it was defenders in Patrice Evra and Jonny Evans who were more regular goal scorers than those ahead of them.
Herrera and Mata have certainly added goals back to United’s midfield and the pair have been pivotal in United’s recent run of wins. Long may it continue.