Her­rera ‘feel­ing good’ un­der new boss Mour­inho

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

An­der Her­rera has cred­ited Jose Mour­inho’s ar­rival at Manch­ester United with the fact that he has fi­nally been recog­nised by his coun­try.

Her­rera have been called up to the se­nior team for the first time since the Lon­don Olympics.

He told El Correo: “It’s been dif­fi­cult to get back be­cause this is the fifth sea­son since the Olympics. I’m over­joyed be­cause I have fought hard for it. I know that in the two years un­der [Louis] van Gaal I was not in the United team enough to be called up. Now with Mour­inho I’m feel­ing good. He is putting faith in me and giv­ing me that chance to play reg­u­larly in a top side. Now I have to show that I de­serve to stay in the United XI and de­serve to keep get­ting the call to join the Spain squad.”

Her­rera suf­fered more than most in two mis­er­able sea­sons un­der Van Gaal but he says Mour­inho has taken the shack­les off team’s more at­tack­ing play­ers.

Asked about the hopes in the Spain camp that he can of­fer goals with shots from dis­tance (some­thing that has been lack­ing since the de­par­ture of Xavi and Xabi Alonso) Her­rera said: “Mour­inho en­cour­ages me to do it. I scored re­cently in the cup and I have hit the post from long-range too. Mour­inho gives you more free­dom as a player; he wants the player’s in­stinct to come through. It’s true that you then have to have that defensive or­der but he tells us to let that if that in­stinct guides us on the pitch then we should try things.

Those or­ders con­trast with the Van Gaal sea­sons when there were tales from Car­ring­ton that An­gel di Maria was told not to drib­ble and oth­ers had to put pre-re­hearsed team strate­gies ahead of sit­u­a­tions that oc­curred dur­ing games.

Her­rera has been drafted into the Spain squad for his at­tack­ing mid­field qual­i­ties but it’s in a more defensive role that he is set­tling into Mour­inho’s plans.


Manch­ester United mid­fielder AN­der Her­rera.

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