Ander Herrera: Manchester United have to win matches

by Leo Nieboer

Ander Herrera has stressed the importance of winning games following Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on Monday.

Jose Mourinho’s side, hellbent on containing an effervescent Liverpool front four, gave a masterclass in structure and discipline throughout the first-half and dominated proceedings, but failed to build on their solid start after half time.

Man United now sit in seventh spot, but only five points behind leaders Manchester City, and just three behind Liverpool, who sit in fourth.

Speaking after the game, the 27-year-old stressed the need to turn solid performances into victories this season.

“We were better in the first half, they were better in the second half. It’s a fair point,” he said. 

“It was those ‘must not lose’ games,” the Spaniard added, “but we have to win matches. We are Manchester United, we have to win matches!”

Herrera’s fervent post-match sentiments (“we have to win matches!”) are reflective of his attitude on the pitch. The Spaniard, in what was a charged, ferocious battle, produced a storming display against Jurgen Klopp’s side, grabbing the midfield by the jugular. He drove Liverpool back, and United forward.

The first-half provided the perfect platform for Mourinho and Co to put Liverpool on the back foot in the closing stages. But aside from a wayward Zlatan Ibrahimovic header, the visitors offered little in the form of attacking substance.

Reflecting on this encounter, Mourinho will know that his side – whilst undoubtedly solid and disciplined – must sharpen up in the final third.

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