The majority of the expectation surrounding Manchester United’s Premier League game against Queens Park Rangers on Sunday may have related to a home debut for Angel di Maria and a first chance for Radamel Falcao, but another recent arrival shone for Louis van Gaal’s side in their 4-0 win.
Ander Herrera may have had the spotlight moved away from him somewhat following United’s late transfer business, but the summer arrival from Athletic Bilbao was fantastic against QPR.
The Spaniard scored one and set up another, but his all-round play was also extremely impressive, as he looked every inch the central midfielder United have long been crying out for.
With Daley Blind operating in a deeper position, Herrera was able to push forward regularly, passing the ball effectively and getting on the score-sheet himself, adding to strikes from Di Maria, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
With United enjoying 69% possession, Herrera took full advantage and he could prove to be every bit as important as his more illustrious new teammates.
After van Gaal’s first competitive win since taking over at Old Trafford, we took to Twitter to see what fans made of Herrera’s performance, and you can read a selection of what we found below:
It was Ander Herrera's half.— Ameer Esterhuizen (@AmeerEster) September 14, 2014
Di Maria has been brilliant but Ander Herrera so far different class! All action, passing, tackling and finishing. Joy to watch #MUFCvQPR— Aftab (@tabster786) September 14, 2014
Ander Herrera a massive plus, Blind the work house in CM and Di Maria rightly further forward. All good, promising start— Allun Overton (@AliOverton11) September 14, 2014
Ander Herrera the most prospective young talent for man u so far.. #MUFC— Moch. Rival Purnama (@rivalfact) September 14, 2014
Ander herrera showing his class!— Faris Ansari (@farispersie10) September 14, 2014
Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria are the artists on this pitch— Syafiq (@s7fq) September 14, 2014
Ander Herrera really strikes me as a true humble gent as well. Not afraid to put a tackle in but you always expect him to help players up.— Jemar (@Jgreg93) September 14, 2014