Ander Herrera: Manchester United’s failure to keep the ball the reason for 2-1 loss to Huddersfield

by Harry Robinson

Ander Herrera has blamed Manchester United’s 2–1 defeat to promoted side Huddersfield Town on an inability to keep the ball.

The Reds went into the game at the John Smith’s Stadium unbeaten in the league, but Huddersfield scored twice in the space of six minutes in the first half and Man United never recovered.

Herrera was frank and honest speaking after the game on Saturday afternoon, but he, just like everyone else in the side, will have to look at their own performance in a shocking display from United.

Explaining the reason for United’s defeat, Herrera said: “We lost almost every ball. That cannot happen in the Premier League.”

“Everyone has to analyse for himself what happened in the first half. When you play against a team that normally you are better than, you have to match their aggression and passion. We didn’t do that. It cannot happen again.

“In the second half, we were OK. We tried to move the ball. It was OK, but not enough for a point.”

United manager Jose Mourinho blamed the defeat on a poor attitude from United’s players, and not on individual errors despite mistakes from attacking midfielder Juan Mata and defender Victor Lindelof being the cause for Huddersfield’s two goals.

United will need to analyse their performance on Saturday and change things very quickly, with a tough run of fixtures coming up in the next few weeks. Mourinho’s side face Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford and Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League in the coming weeks, as well as a UEFA Champions League home tie against Benfica and a trip to Swansea City in the EFL Cup.

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