Ander Herrera on Manchester United’s win over Juventus and coping with perpetual criticism

Ander Herrera was in characteristically feisty temper. In the afterglow of Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Juventus within the Champions League on Wednesday evening, the midfielder reminded his team-mates that enchancment was nonetheless required, stated Juventus might have put the sport to mattress if that they had taken their probabilities, and claimed that the media treats United in a different way to different groups.

It has been a fraught, febrile season at Old Trafford, one which has taken its newest twist with United’s beautiful late present in Turin. Herrera acknowledged that after going 1-Zero behind, United “got a little bit down” and might have misplaced the sport within the subsequent minutes as Juventus launched wave of assaults. But after recovering their composure, United hit again in dramatic model. “We believed,” Herrera stated.

Victory over Juventus places United within the driving seat to qualify from Group H for the knockout levels, though Herrera admitted that can progress with a sport to spare in the event that they beat Young Boys of their subsequent sport and Valencia fail to win at Juventus. “We have to respect Young Boys,” Herrera admitted. “But we have everything in our hands.”

But Herrera additionally acknowledged the broader significance of Wednesday’s win, the proper increase forward of Sunday’s derby towards Manchester City at Old Trafford. “It is a win that gives us a lot,” Herrera stated. “When you win, you prepare for the next game more optimistically. It’s true that they [City] are the favourites, because they are in unbelievable form. But we are Manchester United. And you never know what can happen.”

Herrera was at his most waspish when addressing the sustained criticism United and their supervisor Jose Mourinho have confronted throughout their poor begin to the season, with Mourinho’s future the topic of fixed hypothesis. “When you play for Manchester United, the biggest club in the UK, one of the biggest in the world, you have to get used to that,” Herrera stated. “This is my fifth season, and I’m used to that.

“I don’t care at all. With [Louis] Van Gaal, every day the papers were talking. When Mourinho came, the same, and we won three titles. One day, if another manager comes, they will speak. Manchester United players need to have the personality to cope with that. It’s true that when our Premier League opponents lose games, the papers don’t talk that much. But when we lose, they do.”

Herrera contemplated for a number of seconds when requested whether or not this show in Turin was an indication of the true Manchester United. “We are the real Manchester United also in the bad moments,” he stated finally. “Because we have to recognise that we have had bad moments, and we have to improve. It’s true that the last results gave us good spirit and energy. But the real Manchester United? We will see at the end of the season.”

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