Ander Herrera insists Jose Mourinho is a winner at Manchester United.
The Special One enjoyed a spectacular first month at Old Trafford, winning his first four games against Leicester City, AFC Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.
Three straight defeats to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford then put a sizeable dent on Mourinho’s record, but a recent resurgence in form – characterised most clearly by the thumping 4-1 win over Leicester – serves as evidence of this side going in the right direction under the 53-year-old.
Herrera, speaking ahead of Spain’s World Cup qualifier with Italy, registered his support for Mourinho, labelling the 53-year-old as a winner.
“When you are one of the best coaches in the world, it is normal to attract bad reviews if you lose a couple of games. It is inevitable, because that is how it works,” he said.
“But he has made things very clear, I enjoy training and I think Mourinho is one of the best coaches I have ever had in daily work.
“It is also true that in the Premier League every team loses points. In Spain it is also beginning to happen now, but in England it is nothing new. Manchester City will lose games, so will we, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham also. This is the Premier League!
“Mourinho is a winner and will remain a winner. I don’t think that the bad reviews will affect him at this point.”
The Mourinho era at Old Trafford has already touched each end of the hyperbolic spectrum: four straight wins led to many claiming that United were ‘back’; three straight defeats then plunged Mourinho’s side into ‘crisis’ mode.
But let’s face it: neither of these statements are true. Nobody, at such an early stage in the season, can say how far this United side can go under Mourinho. What can be said, however, is that this is a side packed with winners – talented winners who, under the tutelage of the Portuguese, will continue to progress and gel as a unit.