Playing a deep lying defensive midfield position, Herrera marshalled the back four and offered the defensive protection which allowed Paul Pogba to excel in a more expressive attacking role.
Having been used by Mourinho in a variety of positions throughout this season so far, it looks like Herrera is starting to become a crucial player under Jose.
Speaking about Herrera, Mourinho said: “I like him. That’s why I think he’ll be with me almost every match. Sometimes he starts, sometimes he’s on the bench.”
It’s about time Herrera was seen as a genuine asset by a Manchester United manager and not simply a midfielder who can sit on the bench more often than not. He was criminally undervalued by Louis van Gaal and we’re starting to see just how much of an asset he can be when used in the right way.
I’m not going to lie – I’ve not nothing but love for Herrera. His attitude is spot on, he always says the right things and puts 100% into every performance on the pitch, it really isn’t hard to see why he’s got such great rapport with fans. A few of United’s other players could take a leaf out of his book in that respect.
Cesc Fabregas was a key midfielder for Mourinho when he returned to Chelsea and the early signs indicate Herrera could be exactly that type of player for him at Man United.