Manchester United were poor against Aston Villa on Friday night and Tim Sherwood’s side looked more and more threatening in the early stages of the second half.
Both players gave United a composure in the middle of the pitch and Herrera’s use of the ball in particular drew praise from fans.
Man United eventually saw out a 1-0 win thanks to the substitutions and supporters were full of praise for Herrera:
— Stew (@Stew_Townsend) August 14, 2015
— Kim kamau (@JohnnieChrome) August 14, 2015
We really need to play @anderherrera from the start from now on
— Matt (@mattnevett) August 14, 2015
— Dren Rugova (@DrenRugova) August 14, 2015
— marcloboda (@marcloboda) August 14, 2015
— Conner Charlton (@Conner_Charlton) August 14, 2015
— British Juan (@BritishJuan) August 14, 2015
Herrera was arguably United’s best player last season but van Gaal has chosen to leave him out of the starting XI in United’s two games this season.
Hopefully the Spaniard’s performance will convince van Gaal to rethink things. Although Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger are fantastic players, they seem too similar to work effectively.