Herrera’s inclusion ahead of the tie was initially lauded by Man United fans, who expected to see the Spaniard excel against the inexperienced Danish side.
Much to the disappointment of all, however, Herrera’s performance was shaky, tentative and downright sloppy throughout:
Juan Mata did another disappearing act tonight, Herrera let his fan boys down and LvG has won the possession war. Great night.
— Terry Flewers (@terryflewers) February 18, 2016
Herrera has been woeful tonight
— Vik (@IconicNumber7) February 18, 2016
Take Ander Herrera off immediately. Horrendous from the start here. Making far too many mistakes.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 18, 2016
Herrera has not had a good game. Let's just call it a day
— manutd23 (@manutd24) February 18, 2016
Finally Herrera and Mata have been exposed. People were complaining about them being benched and now they do the opposite.
— David. (@Rooney_esque) February 18, 2016
Herrera's had a really bad night. Not suited to playing that far deep but doesn't legislate for his performance. #mufc
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) February 18, 2016
Starting alongside Michael Carrick in defensive midfield has never led to a sparkling performance from the 26-year-old, who is evidently better suited to a more advanced role. Louis van Gaal‘s decision to once again start Herrera in a position he struggles in was surprising to say the least.
His mix up with Carrick, which led to the home side’s equaliser just before half-time, characterised his neurotic display.
Back in August, Herrera disappointed in the defensive midfield role against Club Brugge. For the second half, the manager shrewdly moved him into the No.10 role, and he instantly excelled. One might have thought that something similar would have happened against Midtjylland, but, as it was, Herrera was left to struggle in midfield until being subbed off.