Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game as he stroked home a 22nd-minute penalty following catastrophically poor defending by Phil Jones and denied Man United a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph at Wembley Stadium.
United dominated the match as they persistently chased the 1-0 lead but failed to break down Antonio Conte’s well-drilled defence and were awfully wasteful when rare chances did arise.
Herrera, who played the full 90 minutes alongside Nemanja Matić and Paul Pogba in midfield, cut a distraught figure following full-time as he explained his thoughts on the game:
“[I am] really disappointed because I think we were the better team by far. I think we controlled the game. We played really well, we created a lot of problems and we were the better team.
“But in football, not always the better team wins the game, so I can congratulate them and hopefully we can come back next season.”
Herrera has had a mixed season after winning the 2016-17 Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award and will be looking to find that exceptional form once again following a summer of rest and rehabilitation on his holidays.