The 54-year-old’s men, now 12 points behind Chelsea, will have to wait for next season to mount a title challenge, but they could claim their first trophy of the season on Sunday against Southampton in the League Cup final.
Man United also remain fighting in the Europa League and FA Cup following promising wins over Saint Etienne and Blackburn Rovers in recent times.
And Herrera, speaking to MUTV, made it clear that Mourinho’s men were fighting for trophies this season.
“That’s what this club is about [fighting for trophies],” he said. “We fight for every title, every trophy, respect our history and we are showing that in every game.
“Sometimes you can play better or worse, but the attitude is always very good and we are in a good moment. Hopefully we can continue like this.”
There are some players who just ‘get’ what it means to play at Old Trafford, and Herrera is undoubtedly one of them. The Spaniard is not here for a lucrative pay-check, nor is he here for any form of personal glory; he is here, above anything, to help contribute to the history of this club, to give everything he has in the pursuit of victory.
Such a mind-set has become less prominent over time, but make no mistake: Herrera ‘gets’ it, and he could easily serve as a captain further down the line.
As for United in general, the next couple of months could see United’s season go one of two ways: the first possibility is that they crash out of every competition, starting with their trip to Wembley, and limp to a Europa League finish; the second being that, following a League Cup win, Mourinho’s men approach a truly tantalising crescendo to this campaign.