When he collected the prestigious club award in the summer there were few who could have begrudged him his moment in the spotlight.
But, of course, I cannot lie, this is the time I am enjoying most at Man United.” However, as United prepare to take on CSKA Moscow on Wednesday in the second game of their Champions League campaign, Herrera is still attempting to get his season started, having seen his progress of last term stunted by the arrival of Nemanja Matic in the summer.
It might have been inconceivable to many as the votes were being tallied on the Player of the Year ballot, but Marouane Fellaini has featured far more in United’s campaign to this point.
If he cannot supply the 10 to 15 goals and 10 to 15 assists of a more attacking player, is unable to match Matic for the defensive workload needed at the base of the midfield, and cannot supply the direct brawn offered by Fellaini, then the Spaniard could end up being resigned to acting as a stop-gap as and when Mourinho needs him.
It is quite the fall from grace for a club Player of the Year award winner, but Herrera, at least, has the right attitude.