Ander Herrera ran the show as Man United dented Chelsea’s title bid

Jose Mourinho was never going to let his former employers do the triple over him during his first season as Manchester United boss and his Red Devils side certainly turned up as Chelsea rolled into town on Sunday, hardly giving their opponents a sniff in an impressive 2-0 win.

Indeed, Mourinho’s game-plan proved bang on the money as United opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford early in the first half and doubled it after the interval, with Ander Herrera netting a second goal that essentially put the game beyond the Premier League pace-setters’ reach.

But that was by no means the Spaniard’s only telling contribution of the ninety minutes. He also supplied Rashford for the first goal with a killer pass that split through Chelsea’s defence and left the England international one-on-one with Asmir Begovic, and as our infographic shows, his all-round contribution was fantastic once again.

The midfielder, who has very much become an unsung hero in Mourinho’s United side, created the most chances of any United player – including his set-up for Rashford – but also put in a huge shift defensively with three tackles, four interceptions and four clearances.

Herrera is quickly proving himself to be a formidable all-round player, the perfect balancing act in the Red Devils’ engine room and arguably the most important name on Mourinho’s team-sheet.


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