Ander Herrera produced a powerful midfield display during Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
The Spaniard has only featured sporadically so far this season, making just one Premier League start prior the visit to Merseyside.
But with Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini all sidelined with injury, Herrera was thrown into a gritty, furiously paced midfield battle and fought hard alongside Nemanja Matic for 90 minutes.
Indeed, his numbers from the game reflect just how constantly involved he was against Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Herrera's game by numbers vs. Liverpool:
60% tackles won
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Man United approached this game in similar fashion to last season’s stalemate but for different reasons.
While last year’s damp squib was rooted in a lack of confidence and players still getting to grips with Mourinho’s methods, United this time around were limited by their lack of midfield option.
As a result, it was time for Herrera to take centre stage and bring his rambunctious style to the forefront of proceedings, hassling Liverpool’s midfield core and ensuring the contest remained just as fragmented as it was competitive.
It wasn’t pretty. With Herrera, it rarely is. But the Spaniard was asked to a do a job by his boss and he carried it out with militant levels of commitment.