Following Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat against Huddersfield, Ander Herrera conceded that United’s attitude didn’t match that of their opponents’.
Jose Mourinho was less than impressed to hear that and suggested that the players should go in to the post-match press conference to explain why that was the case.
Still, Herrera started United’s game on Tuesday night against Swansea and last season’s player of the year insists he has a great relationship with the manager.
We have a fantastic relationship, but what I said was that in the first 30 minutes they had a better attitude than us. That’s what happened. But after that we had a good attitude and we were even close to drawing the game, which is not so easy after playing bad the first 30 minutes. But now we want to forget what happened on Saturday. We want to move forward for a massive game against Tottenham and try to win. After the defeat at Huddersfield we needed good feelings back, because when you lose a game you want to play as quick as possible and play well.
United face Spurs on Saturday on the back of their EFL Cup exit against local rivals West Ham. Mauricio Pochettino’s team blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2, so will either be galvanised or dispirited ahead of their visit to Old Trafford.
It is a big week, but Tottenham is our target now. It is a tough game and Tottenham is a direct rival for the title. They are there every season. In the last two or three years they have improved a lot and they are contenders for everything; for the Champions League, for both cups and for the league. We saw the game they played with Real Madrid and they were not worse than them. So that means they are ready for anything.
United came under plenty of criticism following the 0-0 draw away to Liverpool at Anfield but Herrera has reminded people you can’t score loads of goals every week and that spirit is high among the players.
You cannot play every game of the season at your best – you can’t win 4-0 every game. It’s true we didn’t create too many chances at Liverpool, and in Benfica we controlled the match but also didn’t create as many chances as we would like. But I think we have got some very good feelings back now and this is what we need to face Tottenham.