Ander Herrera treated Manchester United fans to another complete midfield display during their side’s 2-0 win over West Ham United.
The Spaniard was an effervescent force all afternoon against Slaven Bilic’s side, producing his usual levels of energy and dedication to storming effect.
His numbers from the game shed light on the sweeping nature of his performance.
Herrera's game by numbers vs. West Ham:
2 chances created
91% pass accuracy
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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all emphatically asserting themselves under Jose Mourinho in recent weeks, Herrera’s impact has gone criminally unnoticed.
It should be noted that Herrera’s role is nothing short of crucial. Michael Carrick‘s composure and Pogba’s bravado would mean nothing if it wasn’t for the 27-year-old’s inexorable power in the middle.
This was seen once again at the Olympic stadium. Herrera was simply everywhere: making vital tackles, smart interceptions, pin-point passes and surging runs forward against a dogged West Ham side, intent on holding firm after going down to ten men in the first half.
After two years of uncertainty regarding his position, the Spaniard has found his purpose under Mourinho, serving as an indefatigable box-to-box midfielder, acting as the medium between the poise and attacking impetus existing at the forefront of Mourinho’s now settled – and growingly dangerous – midfield trio.