Manchester United bounced back from last week’s humbling defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Monday with an emphatic 2-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup.
Two first half headers, from Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba, were enough to secure victory for United and see them through to the quarter-finals of the most prestigious domestic cup competition.
Pogba has shown vast improvements under new management since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced José Mourinho in the dugout, while Herrera has regained a regular starting slot on the right of a midfield three.
And while both have enjoyed a huge upturn in form, it was not United’s record signing who Solskjaer labelled ‘vital’ after the game.
The United boss spoke extremely highly of Herrera, praising the energy and tenacity in midfield.
“His energy and tenaciousness is vital for us,” he said after United’s win at Stamford Bridge.
“And that’s why he plays, more or less, every single game. He has loads of energy, he can cover the right hand side, he runs forward.
“Tonight you can’t just praise one, it’s 11 players, plus the subs, but Ander has done fantastic.”