Speaking to the club’s official website, Ander Herrera has hailed Manchester United’s travelling support as the reason behind their 3-1 FA Cup comeback win at Preston North End.
United were given a scare soon after the break when Scott Laird fired the League One side ahead, but Herrera levelled in the 65th-minute to start the fightback for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Maroune Fellaini’s close range finish seven minutes later gave the visitors the lead, before Wayne Rooney sealed the result in the closing stages after both winning and converting a penalty to set up a sixth-round tie at home to Arsenal next month.
In a season of cup upsets, United were made to work hard for the win, and Herrera believes the fans who made the trip to Deepdale were the crucial factor in helping the team avoid a potential banana skin.
"The support is always fantastic and it means a lot to us," he said. "Today here in Preston's stadium they were fantastic. They supported us at a tough moment and we are grateful for that. We won for them because after the first goal they pushed us for the victory.
"We have to keep playing in this competition [and it will be] against Arsenal who are one of the best teams at the moment.
"But we are Manchester United and have a very good spirit and we showed it today. We have very good players and very good staff and we are going to improve."
Arriving from Athletic Bilbao this summer for £29 million, Herrera has found it harder than anticipated to break into Van Gaal’s first-team plans so far, making just six Premier League starts - none since appearing against Stoke at the start of December.
The FA Cup, however, has provided him a chance to show his worth in recent months, having netted a wonder strike to break the deadlock at Yeovil Town in the third-round, before coming off the bench to set up James Wilson’s goal in the fifth-round replay against Cambridge United.
United fans have been left perplexed at Van Gaal’s perceived reluctance to use the Spaniard on a more regular basis given his lack of alternative central midfield options, but another impressive cup goal and performance might just have convinced him of his worth.