Ander Herrera explains why Manchester United cannot afford to lose the derby

Manchester United take on their fiercest of rivals this coming Thursday, in a derby game that could eventually decide which Northern club finishes in the top four and claims a Champions League spot. The Red Devils have been in good form of late, and another Jose Mourinho masterclass is needed.

On top of that, I certainly think it is fair to say that we’ll be out for revenge after Pep Guardiola’s team came to Old Trafford and beat us 2-1 earlier on in the season.

However, the team will be in buoyant mood and feeling confident, particularly after a string of good wins; including the 2-0 tactical masterclass performance over Chelsea just over a week ago.

Ahead of the match, man of the moment Ander Herrera has been speaking to the media, and the Basque-born midfielder has claimed that the upcoming derby is going to be the game of the season; but one Manchester United have to win, because if we lose, it could be difficult for us to finish in the top four.

“It’s going to be the game of the season,” Ander Herrera told ManUtd.com“We are one point behind them and if we win, we have the chance to finish in the top four, but if they win, it will be very difficult for us.

“I don’t know the ‘winner takes all’ expression but it’s going to be a massive game. If one of us wins it, we are not going to lose a lot of games or make mistakes after that. It will be key.

“We are in a very good moment, on a very good run and we respect them, but we are doing a lot of good things and we have to show it on Thursday.”

There is absolutely no better feeling than winning a Manchester derby. The significance of this one is as important as I can remember over the last couple of years, although that EFL Cup clash earlier this season was pretty special.

At the end of the day, we have every chance of coming away with a positive result, but even if we don’t, we still have the Europa League to fall back on – a tournament that we’re in the semi-final of.

With that said, it is better to have two routes into the Champions League and I’ve no doubts that the boss will be picking a team to go to The Etihad and win.

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