Jose is the man

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

An­der Her­rera (left) be­lieves Jose Mour­inho (right) made it pos­si­ble for him to make the Spain squad

WITH JOSE Mour­inho un­der nearcon­stant scru­tiny at Manch­ester United, mid­fielder An­der Her­rera has leapt to the man­ager’s de­fence and praised the Por­tuguese for his style of man­age­ment.

Mour­inho’s man­age­rial ap­proach has been called into ques­tion at times, most re­cently when the 53-year-old crit­i­cised Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling for a per­ceived lack of com­mit­ment.

But Her­rera, who has made a to­tal of 11 ap­pear­ances for United this sea­son, has praised the United boss for his straighttalk­ing, hon­est ap­proach to the game.

“We have a say­ing in Spain,” Her­rera told the Daily Mail. “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.”

Her­rera isn’t alone in his re­spect for Mour­inho’s ‘tough-love’ style. Alan Shearer re­cently sug­gested that play­ers are rarely “100 per cent fit” when they head out onto the pitch and im­plied that the man­ager can no longer rely on his play­ers to be “war­riors” for the cause.

Spain’s Her­rera also ad­mit­ted that work­ing un­der Mour­inho has taught him a lot about him­self as a player.

The 27-year-old was due to make his first de­but for the Span­ish na­tional side overnight against Eng­land and Her­rera ad­mit­ted that he has Mour­inho to thank for this.

“I have come here [Spain’s na­tional team] be­cause Mour­inho has given me the op­por­tu­nity to take on a new po­si­tion and I feel com­fort­able with it”, he said.

“I’m more de­fen­sive now, play­ing in front of the back four. I think I have that abil­ity to win the ball back quickly when we lose it. I have taken a leap for­ward at United which has al­lowed me to get into the na­tional side.”

The Spa­niard moved to Old Traf­ford in the sum­mer of 2014 and has since made 61 ap­pear­ances for the Pre­mier League side, scor­ing a to­tal of 13 goals. – The In­de­pen­dent

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