Man United have only lost one of the eight games the duo have started together this season while they have netted five goals in the last four games in which they’ve both been in the starting XI.
Mata scored the first of his memorable two goals against Liverpool last month thanks to a Herrera pass and the 26-year-old returned the favour by setting up his compatriot for United’s final goal in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
The duo have played together throughout their careers and Mata believes his close friendship with Herrera has contributed to their understanding.
When asked about their good form, Herrera said: ”I think it’s because of the relationship we’ve had over the years and because we understand football and life in more or less the same way.
“I think we play well together because we understand each other and sometimes without speaking or looking we know where we’re going to pass or where we’re going to move on the pitch.
“The first goal at Anfield is a good example of that – he controlled the ball, turned and knew where I was already running to and he put the ball there. Ander is a quality player and I’m very happy he’s here and playing and performing well.”
Both Herrera and Mata are enjoying their finest periods of form for United and long may it continue.
Their displays have typified the feel-good factor currently surrounding Old Trafford, which has given fans confidence of finishing second in the Premier League. With five wins in United’s last five games, there is a real sense that the team can inflict a heavy defeat on Manchester City on Sunday.