Manchester United suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the derby at the weekend, in a game that was certainly lost in the first half, as our tactics just weren’t correct. Although things improved in the second, we left it too late to come away from Old Trafford with at least a point to show for it.
At half-time, Jose Mourinho made a couple of changes that really changed the game in a positive manner. The standout player in the second 45 was Ander Herrera, and the self-proclaimed Special One has some praise for the Spaniard.
“For example, Ander Herrera came on in the second-half and he was the one who allowed us to recover the ball fast, to press higher, to bring the team higher, to recover the ball, to build a new wave of attack, to put another long ball into the last line.” Jose Mourinho said.
“Ander was phenomenal in his attitude.”
The 27-year-old started the first couple of games for United, but was dropped when the club signed Paul Pogba. However, Herrera has now given Jose something to think about because that second 45 was an excellent display by him.
He worked tirelessly, got United moving forward again and really put City’s midfielders under real pressure – something which we lacked a lot of in the first half.
You’d imagine he is now a certainty to play against Feyenoord on Thursday, and if he impresses in that game, he could well force his way back into the Premier League starting line-up at the weekend.