Manchester United’s Ander Herrera looking forward to another ‘special’ FA Cup clash against Derby

by Ben Topliss

Ander Herrera is looking to another “special” FA Cup away game against Derby County at Pride Park on Friday.

Herrera scored in two of Man United’s away games in the competition last season, against Yeovil Town and Preston North End.

United eventually exited the FA Cup last term following a defeat against Arsenal but Herrera is looking forward to his next appearance in English football’s oldest cup competition.

“FA Cup away games are always special, I don’t know why but they are. It’s a competition our fans love and we love it also,” Herrera said.

“We play Derby, who are near the top of the Championship, and that means they will be very tough at home. I have watched some Championship games and they are very tough games. They are a good, strong team and it’s a big day for them playing Man United.”

Ordinarily, Louis van Gaal might have thought about resting the likes of Herrera for the game against Derby but he can’t afford to risk defeat against the Championship side, with the club currently in turmoil.

Exiting the FA Cup, which represents United’s best chance of silverware this term, at this stage would be unthinkable and would likely signal the end of van Gaal’s tenure at the club.

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