Ander Herrera produced another powerful midfield display during Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Burnley in the Premier League.
The Spaniard, rested during the midweek win over Anderlecht with the clash at Turf Moor in mind, took to the field with an air of insatiable menace from the get-go and dominated proceedings throughout, nullifying the likes of Joey Barton and Jess Hendrick.
He complimented his steel in the middle with a sublime assist for Anthony Martial after 21 minutes, firing a perfect return pass into his path to tee up a simple finish.
His numbers from the gave serve as evidence of Herrera, not for the first time this season, grabbing the game by the scruff on its neck.
Herrera's game by numbers vs. Burnley:
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Tracking the 27-year-old’s movements throughout the game – as I always like to do – can be sometimes difficult. He seems to embed himself in the game to the point where his interventions, from rattling tackles to threaded passes, feel tantamount with the overall rhythm of the encounter.
This is a true hallmark of a special player: to have the aptitude for coupling the game’s overall tempo with your own. He did this spectacularly against Sean Dyche’s men, matching the home side’s aggression whilst adding a touch of craft that, looking back, served as the difference at Turf Moor.