Mo straight talker
Ander Herrera now dismisses suggestions of unrest at Manchester United
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’
Spain’s Ander Herrera in action.