The Spaniard, following two years of ambiguity under Louis van Gaal, has finally found his place in the Man United side, serving as a bombastic, sweeping influence in the middle of the park.
He made 50 appearances during the 2016/17 campaign and deservedly picked up the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award earlier this month.
But Giggs, when asked about whether the 27-year-old could fulfil the role of Carrick, responded: “He could, but I don’t think he’s got that pass,”
“I don’t think he’s got that consistent pass that Michael’s got, he’s an all-action midfielder who can defend, like he did against Hazard, also he can score goals”
The very fact that Mourinho has placed emphasis on securing a replacement for Carrick this summer – Marco Verratti, Eric Dier, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Blaise Matuidi and Nemanja Matic are all reported targets – demonstrates that another type of player is needed for when it comes to filling the Carrick-shaped hole that will soon form within the side.
Herrera came to the Premier League back in 2014 with an admirable technical skill-set following a number of years with Athletic Bilbao. But he still needed to offer something more, you felt, to consolidate his place in the starting XI, and he has done just that ever since Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford.