Ander Herrera was back in the starting line-up against Chelsea at the weekend.
Herrera had been out since the win over Watford on March 30 but returned on Sunday to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side avoid a fourth consecutive defeat – and eighth defeat in the last 10 games.
Both United and Chelsea are locked in a heated battle to finish in the Premier League’s top four and played out a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
United took the lead through former Blues ace Juan Mata before a David de Gea mistake just shy of half-time allowed Marcos Alonso to equalise.
Herrera was his usual busy self in the heart of midfield, much to the delight of United fans.
The Spaniard’s passion and determination are some of the traits have made him an Old Trafford favourite over the years.
But with his contract due to expire in the summer, a move away now looks increasingly likely.
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly struck an agreement with the midfielder over a free transfer this summer.
Barring a late intervention from United, losing Herrera will be massive blow for Solskjaer.
His importance to the club is highlighted by the vast difference in results with and without him in the side.
United remain unbeaten in the Premier League under Solskjaer with Herrera on the pitch.
The Spaniard has featured in 11 league fixtures for the Norwegian, helping United collect an average of 2.64 points per games during that sequence.
In the eight league games without Herrera, Solskjaer’s men could only muster 0.83 points on average.
Overall, United have won 11 of the 15 games in which the 29-year-old has featured under the new boss and lost six of the 12 games he hasn’t played.
Herrera has also had a massive impact on goals at both ends of the pitch.
With the midfielder in the side, Solskjaer’s United have averaged two goals per game and conceded 0.73.
However, without the former Athletic Biblao star, United’s goal average dropped to 1.33 for and 1.75 against.
Solskjaer said earlier this month that contract talks with Herrera were still “ongoing”, before adding: “I can’t really comment too much on how far they are down the line.”
United will be hoping Herrera can help them in their push for a Champions League spot with two games left to play.