The Spaniard, deployed alongside Paul Pogba, dominated proceedings with a characteristically tenacious and energetic display, carrying out his defensive duties whilst providing attacking impetus.
He took full advantage of a poor Harry Kane pass in the centre of midfield for Man United’s goal, picking up the ball and firing an inch-perfect ball to Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who blasted past Hugo Lloris to put the home side ahead.
A quick glance at the 27-year-old’s numbers sheds light on what was an emphatic midfield performance: 81% pass accuracy, 5 chances created, 4 tackles won, 4 interceptions, 1 assist.
Eric Dier, reflecting on his heated exchange with Herrera during England’s 2-2 draw with Spain last month, insisted that he would “see him [Herrera] soon.”
And he did – albeit from the bench. The Englishman probably envisaged making a crunching tackle on Herrera during the opening stages, but all he could do in reality was watch on with a glum expression as the Spaniard – with the help of Pogba – nullified Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama all afternoon.
This was another unyielding display from Herrera: power, energy, precision and, above all, complete dedication to the badge. The midfielder comes across as just another fan, such is his sheer passion whenever he pulls on a United shirt.