Ander Herrera produced a ferocious midfield display during Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
The Spaniard, who questioned the mentality of his teammates following the 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield last weekend, placed himself at the centre of what was a tenacious, gritty midfield battle with Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
And Herrera’s numbers from the game paint a vivid picture of just how involved he was from start to finish against the North London side.
Herrera's game by numbers vs. Spurs:
2 key passes
50% tackles won
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This was, from the neutral’s perspective, a pretty gloomy affair: the perfect landscape for Herrera to do what he does best.
With the likes of Dele Alli, Hary Winks, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko all packing there midfield, the midfield duo of Nemanja Matic and Herrera were never going to dominate or enjoy as much time on the ball.
No, their job was to frustrate and ruffle Spurs, stopping them from moving the ball through the lines and offering them little room in front of United’s defence.
And Herrera was absolutely everywhere, hassling white shirts, making fouls and just generally making a nuisance of himself until Spurs, seemingly out of ideas going forward, made a mistake that allowed Anthony Martial to claim a vital winner.