Manchester United fans name their man of the match v Hull City

Ander Herrera

Manchester United supporters voted Ander Herrera their man of the match on Facebook following Saturday’s commanding 3-0 victory over Hull City.

Ander Herrera was voted man of the match by supporters on Facebook after Manchester United beat Steve Bruce’s Hull City 3-0, further cementing their place in the Premier League’s top four.

The 25-year-old earned 49% of the vote, beating off competition from Wayne Rooney (38%) and Chris Smalling (14%), to earn the accolade in a game where United dominated in almost every aspect.

The Red Devils opened the scoring early into the first half through England international Chris Smalling, before Wayne Rooney could double the lead just minutes before the half-time whistle.

The second-half started in a similar fashion, with Louis van Gaal’s side dominating possession, and Herrera and Robin van Persie combined mid-way into the second period to make it 3-0.

Although there were many good performances to praise, the majority went in the direction of Herrera, who came on as a substitute for Angel di Maria early into the first-half.

After the match, United manager Louis van Gaal praised the 25-year-old, who he had initially left on the bench, stating that he ‘needed’ a good performance.

"I have to say Herrera came in and did fantastic, I was very pleased with how he did," Van Gaal told MUTV. "He is a very fit player which is why I also let him play in the reserves. I’m very happy with him because he needed a good performance."

Due to a niggling injury and the form of his teammates, Herrera has played just 121 minutes in October and November in the Premier League, and many have been questioning his absence.

In midweek, Van Gaal decided to allow the Spaniard to play for the reserves, along with Jonny Evans and Adnan Januzaj, in Lancashire Senior Cup quarter-finals against Blackburn Rovers.

Herrera starred and scored in the emphatic 5-0 victory, obviously prompting Van Gaal to quickly move him closer to the first XI.

Following his man-of-the-match display, few people will begrudge him the same spot, this time from the start, in the United side when Van Gaal’s men host Stoke City on Tuesday night.

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