The Frenchman has enjoyed a scintillating start to the 2017/18 campaign, netting in Man United’s opening two Premier League games and dominating midfield battles.
His early furore under Mourinho has been brought to an abrupt halt, however, by a hamstring injury sustained during the 3-0 win over FC Basel.
And Herrera, speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Crystal Palace, was quick to stress the importance of Pogba to United’a attacking momentum.
“I feel very good to play with Paul,” he said.
“We know his qualities. His football is free, so you can’t keep him in one position, because then you lose all his qualities. So, when you play with him, you know he can win the game for you.
“I think there are not too many midfielders who can score 10 goals and give 12 assists, so we have to give him the freedom he deserves to win games for us.
“Matic, Carrick, Fellaini and myself have to help him be the best in the world. If we are there to balance the midfield, he can score goals for you and give assists. He is a fantastic player.”
If the latest rumours are true and Pogba will indeed be out of action until November, Mourinho may have just stumbled on an short term solution to combat the depriving effects of his absence following the 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow: three at the back.
Having wing backs alongside Nemanja Matic and Herrera – as well as Marouane Fellaini when he returns – gives United are more natural shape going forward, relying less on Pogba’s individual brilliance, and allows the likes of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia to combine with players further forward.
Mourinho would have prepared for this eventuality, and supporters will just hope he returns sooner rather than later.