Herrera and Mata can achieve great things, says Man United No1

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea praises impact of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata

David De Gea says Ander Herrera and Juan Mata are making Manchester United play better.

The Spanish duo joined their compatriot at Old Trafford in 2014 after Mata sealed a £37.1m move from Chelsea before Herrera joined in a £29m deal from Athletic Bilbao last summer.

I think they have been combining superbly and they can achieve great things at this club

David De Gea

Herrera and Mata have struggled to secure a regular first-team action under Louis van Gaal this season, but they featured heavily during United’s six-game winning run which was halted on Saturday.

De Gea, who was powerless to prevent Eden Hazard scoring a first-half strike in Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge, heaped praise on his Spanish team-mates.

“We all get on very well, both on and off the field, and I think that can have an influence in making the team play better,” De Gea told United’s website.

“For example, when Juan and Ander are both playing, they have a great understanding on the field and that really helps. They know each other really well, from way back with the various youth levels of the national team.

“I think they have been combining superbly and they can achieve great things at this club. We’re really good mates and it’s marvellous to have them all here.”

United are 11 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after their 1-0 defeat by the west London side at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

De Gea was named as a nominee for the PFA player and young player of the year award on Friday after an impressive season for the 20-time English champions.

Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Brentford v Chelsea FC
Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes rates Chelsea FC’s Premier League title chances
Gary Lineker
‘Maybe’: Gary Lineker sends message to Chelsea FC star during 1-0 win at Brentford
Mikel Arteta
‘At all costs’: Paul Merson predicts Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Paul Merson
Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Watford v Liverpool FC
Paul Merson
Paul Merson predicts the scoreline of Brentford v Chelsea FC
Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes rates Chelsea FC’s Premier League title chances
Gary Lineker
‘Maybe’: Gary Lineker sends message to Chelsea FC star during 1-0 win at Brentford
Mikel Arteta
‘At all costs’: Paul Merson predicts Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Paul Merson
Paul Merson reveals his prediction for Watford v Liverpool FC
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature