Ander Herrera delivered an excellent display during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Spaniard, who made his long-awaited international debut last week, produced a characteristically tenacious, dedicated performance.
His stats from the game reveal just how effervescent he was against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Man United vs. Arsenal
Most chances created: Herrera (3)
Most final 3rd passes: Herrera (26)
Most interceptions: Herrera (5)
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Man United fans will be bitterly disappointed with seeing their team concede late after completely dominating proceedings all afternoon. This was a game that the home side simply had to win, and they couldn’t have done much more.
There are a number of positives to draw from this game, however. The most pertinent being Mourinho, after months of trial and error, locating his ideal midfield trio: Herrera, Michael Carrick and Paul Pogba. This was used against a second string Manchester City side and it worked, leading to many calling for its reintroduction.
And today’s performance simply confirmed what many already believed: this is the ideal midfield trio. With Carrick providing stability and Pogba adding sheer class and precision, Herrera adds the necessary ingredient of pure, unyielding aggression. Such a midfield trio stopped Arsenal – accustomed to dominating midfield battles – from having an impact for 89 minutes, until Olivier Giroud’s header gave the visiting side a truly fortuitous – and perhaps undeserved – point.