UNITED MUST SHOW RESPECT
Herrera’s warning as Reds return to Champions League
ANDER Herrera has warned United must not harbour grand Champions League ambitions just yet after their back-door entry to the competition via the Europa League.
The Spanish midfielder insisted the Reds have to be modest as they returned to Uefa’s elite stage against Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday as the Weekly News went to press.
It was 2015 when United last appeared in the Champions League but, despite finishing sixth in the Premier League last term, they qualified after beating Ajax in Stockholm last May to win the Europa League. And Herrera says the three-times winners of the trophy must not forget how Jose Mourinho’s current squad made it back to the European big time.
“We have to know where we come from,” said Herrera.
“We have come from the Europa League, we won it and it is very important and it is a very good title but it is the Europa League.
“We were sixth in the Premier League so we have to respect every team we face because they deserve to be in the Champions League.
“We are ready but we have to respect every opponent and realise where we have come from.
“We are a big club and maybe the biggest in the world but we were not in Champions League last season and we have to take it step by step. We cannot think of winning the Champions League now, we have to take it one step at a time.
“We want to fight for every title.
“Last season we won three which wasn’t bad for the club but we did not fight for the Premier League and we were not in the Champions League so we have to be humble and take it step by step.”
Ander Herrera says United must take it step by step