Manchester United fans were full of praise for Ander Herrera‘s performance during their side’s 2-0 win over West Ham United in the Premier League.
The Spaniard, deployed in his usual position alongside Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick, took control of a fiery midfield battle from the first whistle, producing his usual cabaret of smart interceptions and precise passes.
Man United fans were quick to express their approval for the Spaniard.
Herrera is outstanding 🙌
— Hanief (@haniefuno) January 2, 2017
Rashford and Herrera has been consistent this season. #MUFC
— UnitedGyels (@Nargyels) January 2, 2017
Herrera's MOTM, easily. Warrior. And Rashford's back
— Khogulan Mohan Kumar ૐ (@rev0lutionist) January 2, 2017
Herrera an absolute beast not even a boot to the face can stop him #GGMU
— Tawfiq Jeneby (@tawfiqj1) January 2, 2017
Herrera’s function as a United player was, for some time, pretty ambiguous: was he a No.10? A defensive midfielder? Something in between?
These were questions canvassed on regular occasions under Louis van Gaal, who deployed Herrera in a variety of roles, precluding the 27-year-old from ever truly settling at Old Trafford.
Under Mourinho, however, his function is clear: to compliment Carrick’s poise and Pogba’s skill with sheer, unreserved tenacity as a box-to-box midfielder. He unreservedly hounds opposition midfielders, slowly but surely wearing them down, until the centre of a pitch officially belongs to Jose Mourinho‘s men.
This was exemplified once again against West Ham: just 48 hours after his last game Herrera was there again, running and running and running, until Slaven Bilic’s side – clearly fatigued after going down to ten men early on – eventually gave up with 15 minutes to go.