Ander Herrera came off the substitute’s bench at the weekend to help United beat Bournemouth.

Herrera was excellent, and showed why he deserves more game time than he gets under Jose Mourinho.

He nearly scored himself, and his interplay helped Paul Pogba get into attacking positions, with the Frenchman setting up Marcus Rashford’s winner.

It was a reminder of Herrera’s importance to the squad, and the quality he possesses.

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Herrera has not started a game in midfield all season in the Premier League, with his only start coming in defence in the ill-fated experiment at home to Spurs.

He might just be the best squad player in the Premier League.

Who else can call upon a £29 million Spanish international to inject extra tenacity, touch and vision into their midfield?

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Best of all, despite being undervalued by Mourinho, he does not complain or kick up a fuss, and puts the team first.

A big decision still awaits Herrera, whether he will sign a new contract. His contribution on Saturday showed how valuable he can be.

It must be a wake up call to Mourinho, who doesn’t know how lucky he has it to have Herrera as an option.

He is suddenly looking like a must start in this weekend’s derby with Manchester City.

United need fighters who are ready to give their all and fight for the shirt. Herrera is exactly that.

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