Her­rera’s warn­ing as Reds re­turn to Cham­pi­ons League

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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

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