Ander Herrera has outlined how Manchester United will get past Celta Vigo during the second leg of their Europa League semi-final clash with the Spanish side on Thursday night.
Jose Mourinho’s men strolled to a comfortable victory in Spain last week, with Marcus Rashford grabbing the winner, but will be frustrated at failing to take greater advantage of the numerous chances they created.
A clean sheet or a score draw would be enough to see Man United through to a Europa League final date with either Ajax or Lyon in Stockholm on May 24.
And Herrera, speaking to the club’s official website, was quick to note the importance of creating a difficult environment for the visitors from minute one.
“We have two titles – the Community Shield and League Cup – and we can have a very good season if we fight for the Europa League,” he said.
“But we have to be very respectful because Celta are very difficult opponents overall. They have scored away in every game they’ve played in the competition so we have to be aware of that.
“They are a very good team, very dangerous when they play away and we will need our fans at home. I tell them we really need them to create a good atmosphere, a difficult atmosphere for the opponents, who can push us to be in the final.
“It’s not going to be easy.”
Celta will need to do something different at Old Trafford if they are to progress to the final. They were simply outclassed in Spain, with Paul Pogba almost single handedly dismantling their man-for-man marking style as the game went on.
Perhaps they will opt for a more zonally based, counter-attack orientated approach, placing greater emphasis on creating space for themselves as opposed to furiously trying to win the ball back at every turn.
Either way, United will know they can reach a tempo that Celta cannot match, and one suspects the main task on Thursday night will be to pull the Spaniards out of their comfort zone from minute one.