Ander Herrera has spoken of the club’s obligation to attack and not look to past – and that every player at Manchester United is clear in what is expected of them this season. Herrera, who was somtimes a victim under the Louis van Gaal regime and would often be dropped for long periods of time, is a fans favourite at Old Trafford due to his desire and work rate.
The Spaniard signed for the club in 2014 for £29million from Athletic Bilbao and is yet to win a cap for his national team.
Herrera, who has played 72 times for United since making his debut against Swansea in the 2-1 defeat back in 2014, spoke of the hunger for each player to get the ball, create changes and to attack – words that will please every United fan:
“I think we know what we have to do. Every player is very clear. We want very aggressive players in the midfield, we want to attack and I think we are going to see a very offensive Manchester United but, of course, we need to be compact we can do that as well.
I don’t want to talk about the past. The most important thing is that things are happening now. We want to get the ball to attack and create as many chances as possible.
You have seen we had some chances but we are just not fit enough yet. The most important thing is later because we are Manchester United and we have to win everything.”
He was also full of praise for teammate Luke Shaw, who returned for his first start for Manchester United against Wigan Athletic last weekend, describing him as “one of the best left backs in the world”:
“He has played for 90 minutes after 10 months without playing. You can see he is very, very quick and sometimes when you are not used to getting the ball at your feet then you can make some mistakes, but what we want from Luke is that he gets to the last line to make some crosses and he is doing that.
We are very happy with him and we are very happy for him because it has been very tough for him. We have one of the best left-backs in the world and we have to take advantage of him.”