‘Sometimes the badge wins games’ – Herrera hails Man Utd strength


Ander Herrera has hailed the aura which surrounds Manchester United and allows them to win games that they have little right to prevail in.

The Red Devils have made a habit of grinding out results down the years, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side famed for their ability to emerge victorious against all odds.

It has taken some time for Jose Mourinho’s side to adopt similar traits, with a number of frustrating outings taken in this season.

They have, however, pieced together an impressive unbeaten run in the Premier League while also progressing through knockout competitions.

The EFL Cup was secured at Wembley on Sunday, with Herrera pleased to see United claim a 3-2 victory in a contest that saw them forced onto the back foot for long periods.

Manchester United EFL Cup

He told MUTV: “Southampton played very well but we have been looking for this the whole season.

“How many times have we played better than our opponents and had much more chances than our opponents, but didn’t win? I said that sooner or later, the goals will come and I think we were very, very clinical on Sunday.

“Sometimes, the badge wins games and this was an example of that.”

Herrera’s battling display in the middle of the park helped United over the line, and the Spain international is delighted to have got his hands on more major silverware.

Ander Herrera Manchester United

He added: “It’s a very nice feeling. Our second trophy of the season, my third with the club and all that’s happened to me in this stadium [Wembley] has been brilliant. Our fans have another trophy for our brilliant history so everything is good.”

“I think one of the things [Jose] Mourinho has brought to this club is he is a winner. He shared that with the group, with the team and with the squad.

“At this moment, it’s not very easy to beat us. We have to respect every opponent but the badge sometimes wins the game. We keep going. It’s our second title of the season but it’s not enough for us.

“We are not having too much time to enjoy it with our people. We are playing every week now but have two days off as the manager understands perfectly what we need.

“Already, we have to focus on Bournemouth [Saturday’s visitors to Old Trafford] as we have to be in the top four. We want to play in the Champions League next season.”