‘United thriv­ing as un­der­dogs’

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Reuters

Manch­ester United mid­fielder An­der Her­rera says the team have shown they can thrive as un­der­dogs and will look to se­cure an­other state­ment win in Sun­day’s derby.

Jose Mour­inho’s United will make the short trip to face Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City as they look to build on a 2-1 come­back vic­tory over the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus in the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day.

The vic­tory in Turin added to a four-game un­beaten run in the do­mes­tic league, with United climb­ing up the stand­ings af­ter a wretched start to the cam­paign.

“When you win, you are more op­ti­mistic in your prepa­ra­tions for the next game,” Her­rera told the Bri­tish me­dia.

“We are the real Manch­ester United, also in the bad mo­ments, be­cause we have to recog­nise we have bad mo­ments and have to im­prove.

“It’s true that re­cent re­sults gave us good spirit, en­ergy,” Her­rera said.

United roared back from two goals down to beat Pep Guardi­ola’s City in this fix­ture last sea­son to de­lay their neigh­bour’s coro­na­tion as Premier League cham­pi­ons, but Her­rera said re­cent his­tory counted for noth­ing.

“It’s a new game, a new sit­u­a­tion,” the Span­ish mid­fielder said.

“It’s true they are the favourites be­cause they are in un­be­liev­able form – but this is Manch­ester United and you never know what can hap­pen.”

Sev­enth-placed United are nine points be­hind City, who are un­beaten this sea­son on 29 points from 11 matches. – Reuters

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