Mo straight talker

An­der Her­rera now dis­misses sug­ges­tions of un­rest at Manch­ester United

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - BY PETE JEN­SON/

Wayne Rooney used to joke with An­der Her­rera ev­ery time he missed out on a Spain callup that if it went on much longer he would end up play­ing for England.

On Tues­day night Her­rera will fi­nally make his de­but and it will be against his Manch­ester United team­mate at Wem­b­ley — one man play­ing his first in­ter­na­tional, the other his 120th.

Her­rera had plenty to say about his club cap­tain and plenty to say about his club man­ager Jose Mour­inho too when he met Sports­mail at Spain’s Madrid train­ing camp ahead of Tues­day’s friendly.

He be­lieves they can still win the league to­gether this sea­son, and that Mour­inho still has the spark — and the play­ers on­side — con­trary to sug­ges­tions he has be­come dis­trust­ing, down­beat and de­tached.

“We have a say­ing in Spain,” Her­rera says. “You catch the liar be­fore you catch the lame man. It’s true in life and even more so in foot­ball. If a coach is not straight, play­ers soon find him out. Mour­inho is very straight.

“He says what he thinks and he says it to your face. He says it when it is some­thing we will like but he also says it when it is some­thing we won’t like.

“The team is en­joy­ing the day to day. Train­ing is very dy­namic and ev­ery­thing is with the ball so the play­ers never lose con­cen­tra­tion — there are no re­ally long ses­sions or long team talks. He re­ally un­der­stands what a foot­baller needs which is 20 min­utes of team talk and then you get down to it.”

‘HE SAYS WHAT HE THINKS AND SAYS IT TO YOUR FACE’

/COUR­TESY

Spain’s An­der Her­rera in ac­tion.

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