Her­rera: Free­dom un­der Jose led to Spain call-up

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

MID­FIELDER An­der Her­rera has thanked Jose Mour­inho for giv­ing him the li­cence to ex­press him­self and cred­ited the Manch­ester United man­ager’s tac­tics for his first call-up to the Spain squad.

Her­rera has flour­ished in the hold­ing mid­field role as the 27-year-old has been a reg­u­lar fea­ture un­der Mour­inho, scor­ing once in eight ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son.

“Mour­inho en­cour­ages me to do it. Mour­inho gives you more free­dom as a player,” Her­rera told Bri­tish me­dia.

“He wants the player’s in­stinct to come through... he tells us to let that if that in­stinct guides us on the pitch then we should try things.”

Her­rera was also keen to re­pay the faith Mour­inho has showed in him, af­ter ini­tially strug­gling to get se­lected un­der former man­ager Louis van Gaal, while he also hoped to seal his place in the na­tional team in the build up to the 2018 World Cup.

“I know that in the two years un­der Van Gaal I was not in the United team enough to be called up,” he added.

“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.”

Sixth-placed United take on arch ri­vals Liv­er­pool, who are fourth in the Premier League, at An­field in their next fix­ture on Oct 17. – Reuters

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