The Spaniard made his first start of the season, beginning the game alongside Michael Carrick in midfield.
Despite an early booking and an underwhelming first half in general, Herrera turned his fortunes around in the second period by registering an assist and a goal.
After being moved into a more advanced role, the 26-year-old played a sumptuous pass into the path of Wayne Rooney for Man United’s second of the night. He was then put through himself by Bastian Schweinsteiger before finishing calmly past Sinan Bolat in the Brugge goal. United fans were delighted to see Herrera back to his best and they made their feelings known:
Herrera looked so much better in that position. More of that please, Louis.
— Manchester La La La (@ManchestrLaLaLa) August 26, 2015
Ander Herrera you beauty! Seriously, if Louis doesn't play him at the weekend, I give up. #mufc
— Samar Khan (@Samar7) August 26, 2015
Herrera is our best number 10. Sheer excellence.
— Mark (@MarkLenehan) August 26, 2015
Saying that, Herrera is different gravy. But we knew that already… #nuff
— Serge Adam (@SergeMUFC) August 26, 2015
Despite his dodgy first half, we are so much more threatening with Herrera playing
— JT (@tubby0712) August 26, 2015
Herrera definitely doesn't work as a double pivot next to Carrick, but he's great at #10.
— Jason Hope (@iamjasonhope) August 26, 2015
Tale of two halves for Herrera. Shaky in the first but at his best for 20 mins in the second. #mufc a better team with him pushed forward.
— Chris Fleming (@Chris__Fleming) August 26, 2015
Herrera’s second half performance has put him firmly into Louis Van Gaal‘s thinking ahead of United’s visit to Swansea City this weekend.
Despite only having 15 minutes in the No.10 role, his impact cannot be understated. Herrera proved that, when played in the right position, he can flourish.