There was just one percent of a difference between the Spanish duo and both have played a major role for Jose Mourinho so far this season.
Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford represented an opportunity for Herrera to fight his way back into the side and the Spaniard has done just that, quickly cementing his place into the first-team.
Speaking about Herrera, Mata claims he has done well at settling into a new position.
“I think he is playing great,” he said.
“He’s playing in a different position right now and he’s adapting very well and I always enjoy playing alongside him.
“We understand football in the same way and we have a very good understanding on the pitch, the way we move and try to play and pass the ball. I think he’s a very important player for us.”
Herrera has had a huge impact under Mourinho this season and his presence will be missed against Swansea City on Sunday after he picked up a red card against Burnley last week in the Premier League.
He has the passion to win games and gives every match his all, something that has quickly seen him become a fan favourite at Old Trafford and hopes are we see him back in action soon.