Herrera has had to settle for substitute appearances but his excellent cameo against Aston Villa raised questions among fans as to why he is not in the starting XI.
When asked about his tactics, Van Gaal explained that Herrera wasn’t the type of midfielder he wanted to be playing in the second striker position from the start because he is more defensively minded than other players in the squad.
“That is why, for example, Herrera is not playing but is always coming on as a substitute, because he is more of a controlling midfielder there.”
Last year, Herrera had to earn himself a spot in the starting XI through his excellent performances and it looks like he’ll have to do that once again this season.
That being said, the Champions League tie on Tuesday evening against Club Brugge seems to be the perfect opportunity for Van Gaal to give Herrera a start because on such a big European night, a more cautious approach in the first leg might not be the worst thing in the world.
It’s a real shame that Herrera finds himself once again on the periphery of the squad but until United lose their momentum and rhythm, that’s unlikely to change for the Spaniard.