Manchester United has won seven straight matches, and is on a six-game win-streak in the Premier League. Things look like they are finally getting together for the Red Devils, even when everything may not be going their way in a match as it did on New Year’s eve. United overcame the poor officiating from Lee Mason and came out on top 2-1 over Middlesbrough. Ander Herrera, who has been instrumental for United in the midfield this season, is beginning to feel a difference in the way the club is playing.
“We are playing well and we are controlling most of the games.”
Herrera and United went on to win again two days after the intense Fergie Time-esque win on the former manager’s birthday. This time, United won in a much different style. With officiating going the Reds’ way, United defeated a 10-man West Ham at the Olympic Stadium in London after arguably United’s worst first half of football this season. Jose Mourinho introduced Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata in the second half, which turned out to be pivotal changes with Rashford causing problems to the weak Hammers’ defence. With all four summer signings proving to be effective acquisitions, and many returners playing fluid football, United’s best team is starting to emerge. Herrera feels that United are beginning to look like the title-winning side of once before.
“When you watch Manchester United now you realise quickly who is the big team and that means we are finding our identity, the DNA of this club and its history.
“The most important thing in my opinion is we are not conceding too many chances and we are behaving like a big team. Of course we have to improve and be more clinical because we are creating a lot more chances than we are scoring but we can be happy and we can even more optimistic for the next few months and the next year because I think we are doing the right things and working in the right way.
“We all know [which direction the manager wants the team to go in]. Since I have been at this club I have won two trophies, the FA Cup and Community Shield, but we don’t want to stop. Now we are in four competitions and we have the obligation to fight for everything.
“We are Man United and we have to respect our history and fight for everything and we have the conditions to do it because we have a very good squad. I always say I am very happy and proud to be part of this team and hopefully I can keep being an important player.”
The goals are coming for United and everything and everyone seem to finally be clicking. United’s win-streak comes through the Christmas period, boosting the points up for the Mourinho’s men to pursue the top four and put pressure on rivals. It looked as though United would not get into the Champions League next season without winning the Europa League, but it appears the top four, and maybe even top two or three are not out of reach. Chelsea is running away with the title; it is the Blues’ to lose.
But Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester City have all dropped points during the hectic recent schedule. This gives United an opening. If United get a win over Liverpool when they play on the 15th of this month, things can really open up. Even before then, with Spurs playing Chelsea on Wednesday, points could be dropped by the London clubs. United might be able to pounce with the points dropping in the 2nd to 5th places in the table. Fans just had to be patient with Mourinho and the team, but now it looks as though it is all paying off.