Manchester United played in the Europa League on Thursday, two days after Arsenal’s last game when they were beaten by Barcelona.

With so many injuries, there’s little opportunity to rotate the squad, but Ander Herrera insists that tiredness won’t be an excuse if we don’t win.

Physically, it’s difficult as it is not so easy to recover but we are professionals and we have to try to rest good now, eat good and clean your mind again. We’ll try to beat one of the best teams in the Premier League and we are playing at home so I think we want to play as soon as possible. Although we are tired now, when we play against Arsenal at Old Trafford, tiredness is not so important.

United are six points outside of the top four, although that gap could shrink to three points this afternoon with fourth placed City not playing a league game this weekend. Herrera knows a win today will keep the hopes of top four alive, but acknowledges we have to be realistic.

We have to be realistic as it’s not so easy to be six points behind fourth place in the table but we are Manchester United, this is the Premier League and anything can happen. If we beat Arsenal, we will be closer.