The Spaniard, winner of three ‘Player of the Year’ awards since joining in 2011, has been once again subject to interest from Real Madrid this summer.
And Herrera, speaking earlier this week, made it clear that United could not cope without the 26-year-old next year.
“If you lose the top three in any position, like David is, like [Paul] Pogba is, like Romelu Lukaku is, like Marcus Rashford can be, it is a great loss,” Herrera said. “We don’t want to lose them, we want to keep them, and David is in the top three. For me, he’s the best in the world, so I want to keep him here at United.
“He is a goalkeeper who can give you points. That is very important. I want to keep him here, to play with him, because he’s a fantastic keeper and also my friend, and I think you can see he’s very focused on Manchester United.”
Last season served up a pleasant indication of United shifting away from the gloomy days of De Gea being their most important player. No club with a legacy of attacking bravado should be handing personal trophies to their keeper every May; it just feels inherently wrong.
That said, any title winning manager will emphasise the importance of the man between the sticks in a long, topsy turvy season. Think back to clashes at Anfield and the Olympic Stadium last season, for example. You need a keeper capable of saving your side’s skin on route to three points here and there, and the Spaniard has offered exactly that for six years.