The Spanish playmaker still stands as a symbol for David Moyes' and Ed Woodward's ineptitude in last summer's transfer window. They tried their best to seal his signature on the final day of the transfer window but ultimately failed to agree terms.
It was the last of many failures that summer, which set the tone for a disastrous 10 months in which Moyes single-handedly attempted to undo Sir Alex Ferguson's life's work at Old Trafford.
It would, therefore, be sensible to suggest that Manchester United would let the player lie and move onto other targets rather than risk another PR nightmare. But it seems Louis van Gaal agrees with Moyes on Herrera and will attempt to sign him once again.
Manchester United reportedly met Herrera's release clause of £31 million last summer, but rumours that imposters had wiggled their way into the negotiations eventually led to its demise.
The problem for Manchester United is that Herrera's release clause is set to jump to £32 million on July 1st and Bilbao rarely let a player go for any less. As they have strict rules on who can play for the club, Athletic Bilbao find it hard to reinvest in the squad when a star leaves. It is for that reason that they only let players go if they are forced.
If that holds true then it is likely Manchester United will be rebuffed when they launch the reported £25 million offer and questions whether Van Gaal is serious about signing the 24-year-old.
Herrera may be a year older, but his reputation has certainly grown alongside him since Manchester United's last attempts to sign him.
The player started 31 games for Athletic Bilbao last season and guided them to an impressive fourth place finish, granting them the chance to play Champions League football last season.
Herrera scored five goals and assisted five more from a midfield position and Who Scored have given him a rating of 7.38 for the season, making him Athletic's best player.
However, Van Gaal's reported interest in the player seems strange, after it was also claimed he rejected the chance to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. The two players play almost identical positions and Fabregas was available for about the same price, but would come with a much bigger reputation.
Whether Manchester United could have convinced Fabregas to reject Chelsea is a different matter, but with Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa already in the squad, Herrera would be somewhat of a luxury addition at Old Trafford.