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Ander Herrera: We have to forget excuses

After another disappointing loss for Manchester United, this time in the UEFA Europa League opener at Feyenoord, Ander Herrera has spoken out to say that there are no excuses for the club’s poor form. United fell to cross-town rivals Manchester City in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford last weekend, which saw United fall for the first time this season. The losing did not cease there. The Red Devils travelled to Rotterdam to play Feyenoord in the opening match of the group stage in the Europa League, but United failed to score and gave up a late goal that now leaves the club in a losing skid. United will look to keep that skid short when they play Watford this Sunday, but the two recent losses will loom large for the Red Devils players. Herrera spoke about the difficult week for the club, which will play its third match in a week on Sunday, but feels the tight schedule cannot be an excuse for the deep United side.

“In terms of recovery, it’s not the best way, we all know that. But, as I’ve told you before, we have a big squad. All the players in the squad want to show that we are here to help the team. It is not the best situation about the time between two games but this is football and we have to forget excuses, play and try to do our best.

“Watford, last season, were a very organised team, very tough to beat, and now they keep almost the same players. Maybe two or three changes but the rest are the same so it’s going to be tough. Overall, if you are playing away in the Premier League you know there is no easy game. We won at Watford in the last-minute last season. Hopefully, this Sunday, we can do it sooner. We want to win but it will be very, very hard.

“I don’t know he [Quique Sanchez-Flores] lost his job. Maybe he wanted to leave, but it’s true the Premier League is getting tougher. Every season, every team wants to improve on last season. We want to do it as well so we have to fight for every game.”

With Watford quickly coming around the corner, United will have to bounce back in order to keep pace with Premier League rivals. United has to turn it around or else questions will continue to be asked. Underperforming players will face further criticism and even Jose Mourinho could have to answer some difficult questions. Two of United’s four summer signings have performed generally well (Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic), while Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have yet to impress. Herrera, who played with Morgan Schneiderlin and Pogba in the central midfield during United’s 1-0 loss in Holland, played well and had an energy about him that United have yet to see in Pogba this season. Herrera’s strong performance should give him another start when United play Watford, and he discussed his role at United with MUTV.

“My qualities. You all know them. I have already played 76 games in this club so you will know them. The only thing I can say is that I am a team player. I am going to be ready when the manager wants me to play. Of course, every player wants to play from the kick-off in every game but, when you play for this club, that’s not so easy. I will be ready when the manager wants me to play.

“That’s why I train, that’s why I work hard, that’s why I take care of myself and I will keep doing the same. I have made mistakes because I am human and I can do that but what I am not going to do is give up, never.”

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