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Herrera: My dream is to be here for a long time

 

Ander Herrera has spelled out his desire to remain at Manchester United for many years and follow in the footsteps of a number of long-serving Reds.

 

The summer acquisition from Athletic Club has been in excellent form recently and won February's Player of the Month award. After starting a string of matches, he has pinned down a place in Louis van Gaal's line-up and scored twice against Aston Villa to take his season tally to seven.

 

In an exclusive interview with United Review, the official matchday programme, the 25-year-old midfield all-rounder made it clear that he is very content at Old Trafford.

"I’m very happy," he enthused. "Even when I was not playing, I was also happy. I am at Manchester United. I feel really lucky to be here. The manager has to decide who is playing or not but we have to respect always the decision he makes. The manager wants the best for the team, the best for us and we have to follow him always.

"When I signed for Manchester United, I was thinking of players like Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia, Rafael da Silva and, although he is not here now, Darren Fletcher. These are people who have been playing for a long time for United. It’s my dream to be here for a long time because I am in the right team, in the right league and in the right country. I feel very happy and I want to stay at the club for many years to come."


Herrera believes he has handled the change from performing in La Liga to competing in the Barclays Premier League as his first-class displays have illustrated. "I feel I quickly adapted to this league and this country because I am so comfortable here," he added. "I think [we at] Manchester United are always helping each other to adapt and to feel like we’re at home. I feel really good at United and I hope to stay here for a long time."

 

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Huhhuh, arvostus kaveria kohtaan kasvaa vaan päivä päivältä enemmän!

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Koostetta:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaBTZ0SaErM

 

Kohta 1:09 etenkin on tsekkaamisen arvoinen. 

 

Graeme Souness taisi muuten kommentoida ennen ottelua, ettei Herrera ole maalinteon ohella erityisen hyvä missään muussa asiassa. :lol: Katkeraa.

 

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Kiitokset tubelle joka ei enää suostu videota näyttämään. No kumminkin alla se tilanne joka tuli puheeksi:

 

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On kyllä osoittautunut loistohankinnaksi vähän ailahtelevan alkukauden jälkeen. Juurikin sen tyyylinen hyvin liikkuva ja syöttävä ja sopivan agressiivinen pelaaja, jota tuo Unitedin keskikenttä on jo pitkään huutanut.

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Herrera pokkasi huhtikuun kuukauden pelaaja -palkinnon fanien äänestyksessä. Palkinto oli Anderille toinen Unitedissa.

 

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Oma ääneni olisi mennyt Chris Smallingille, mutta todella tasaisia otteita on myös Herreralta nähty pelistä toiseen ehkä Everton-kamppailua lukuun ottamatta.

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Herrrera on palannut harjoituksiin ja hyvä niin, sillä Unitedilla on tiedossa todella vaikeita pelejä maajoukkuetauon jälkeen. Itse olisin valmis jo laittamaan spanskin Väinön tilalle, mutta LvG lienee eri mieltä. 

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Viitaten edelliseen Olli Kunnarin lähettämään viestiin; miten Giggs voi ottaa maalin noin coolisti? Aivan kuin mitään ei olisi tapahtunut. Haluaisin todellakin nähdä hänet joskus päävalmentajana.

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Tämän jampan kuuluu pelata avauksessa tästä eteenpäin. Toi eilen peliin juuri sen puuttuvan elementin, mikä tosta keskikentän pohjan ja yläkerran kolmikon välistä on pitkän aikaa puuttunut. Lisäksi Sch-Sch -kaksikko on taas käytettävissä, joten ei pitäisi olla pelkoa, että Herreran hyökkäysinto kostautuu. Välillä kaveri näytti menevän aika lujaa vastustajan nilkoille, mutta varmaan siinä oli hieman ylimääräistä näyttämisen halua, kun on pitempään ollut sivussa. 

 

Taisi olla muuten vasta toinen tai kolmas kerta tällä kaudella, kun Schmidfield ja Herrera ovat samaan aikaan kentällä. Onhan se selvää, että tuo on nykyjoukkueen selvästi dynaamisin ja paras kombo 

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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: ANDER HERRERA RELIVES HIS GOAL CELEBRATIONS

 

Ander Herrera admits he is a little embarrassed to see himself celebrating Manchester United goals so wildly but feels it is just a case of his passion for the game coming to the fore in high-pressure situations.

 

The Spaniard not only enjoys sharing the special moments with the fans when on the pitch but has also been caught on camera enthusiastically reacting to Troy Deeney's own-goal winner at Watford and Wayne Rooney's crucial strike at Liverpool while on the bench.

 

After viewing our MUTV footage of the incidents, which created a buzz on social media in the aftermath of the games, Herrera talked us through his celebrations and reiterated a desire to follow Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Marcos Rojo in attending an away game with the supporters...

 

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Herrera näyttäisi pelaavan enemmän #6-paikkaa tällä kaudella:

 

 

 

HERRERA AND MOURINHO AGREE ON POSITION
Ander Herrera has revealed to MUTV that a conversation with new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho led to his deeper position in central midfield, with both agreeing he could be an “important player” this season.

 

The 27-year-old Spaniard started last Sunday’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth as a combative deep-lying midfielder and earned plenty of his praise for his performance at the Vitality Stadium, with Reds legend Gary Neville even naming him his personal Man of the Match on Twitter. During an interview with MUTVahead of Friday’s match with Southampton, Herrera was pleased with his display.

 

“I had to do a different role in the team and I think I can be important there for the manager,” Ander explained. “I have spoken with the manager and we are agreed with that, that I can be an important player for the team and that I can help the team in that position. I think I can win a lot of balls back for the team. My instinct is to try to win the ball back for the team as quickly as possible.

 

“I felt really, really good and not only with the ball, but also without it. The team was very compact, you can feel that always you are pressing the ball when you have two or three team-mates close to you, helping you, so I want to keep doing the same and helping the team."

 

Herrera also spoke about how much the team has already improved this season and outlined how Mourinho had instructed the players to beat Bournemouth by several goals so that United could sit at the top of the Premier League after the first round of fixtures last weekend.

 

“I feel that the level of the team has gone up,” he said. “I think we can get good things together, we can do something important this season, not only because we have won the last two games. I think if you can see our training sessions every day you feel something special, everyone is happy, we want to play as quickly as possible, we want to keep winning games, we want to be top of the table.

 

“I remember before the game against Bournemouth, the manager said if we score one goal we have to try to score the second goal because we want to be top of the table right now. So that’s a good mentality I think. But of course we have to keep our feet on the floor because the season is long.”

 

Looking forward, Herrera is relishing the prospect of playing alongside new signing Paul Pogba, a player he has a lot of admiration for. “I think he’s a top player, maybe one of the best five players in the world that we have with us so it’s very important. He can recover the ball, he can shoot on goal, he can dribble and he can defend so he has everything. We are so lucky because we have him.

 

"When you think about the best players in the world they are very good but maybe they are very good at specific things. But Paul is good at everything so we are going to enjoy him. As a midfielder I will feel very good if I have the chance to play with him."

 

 

 

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Joo, toi oli mielenkiintoinen.

 

Joku tällainen näyttäisi paperilla aika kivalta

 

Martial - Zlatan - Micki

Pogba - Fellaini

Herrera

 

Tällaista avausta itsekin odottelen eilisen derbyn kaltaisissa kamppailuissa. Herrera on Bielsan koulun käyneenä kuin tehty korkean intensiteetin pelejä varten: omaa hyvin aggressiivisuutta, on hyvä prässäämään ja riistämään palloja, pystyy pelaamaan yhden kosketuksen peliä, ja syötöt irtoavat jalasta nopeasti. Väitän, että jos Herrera olisi ollut eilen avauksessa, peli olisi ollut huomattavasti toisenlainen alusta saakka. Ainakaan City ei olisi pystynyt kierrättämään palloa leikitellen Fellainin ja Pogban ympärillä, kuten avausjaksolla nähtiin. 

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Hieno peli tänään. Herrera omaa liikettä, jota Carrickillä ei ole, ja jalkapalloaivoja, joita taas Fellainilta ei löydy pelinrakenteluun. Herreran sijoittuminen ei ehkä ole parasta mahdollista holding midille, mutta korvaa tätä puutetta armottomalla liikkeellään. Tykkään kovasti siitä, että Herrera pyrkii pitämään pallon aina liikkeessä. Vrt. Fellaini, joka tarvitsee liian usein 1-2 ylimääräistä kosketusta syöttääkseen pelivälinettä eteenpäin. 

 

Menon käydessä kovemmaksi näkisin toki mielellään toisen varmistavan pelaajan Herreran vierellä, olkoon se sitten Carrick, Fellaini tai Schneiderlin.

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On muuten kova toi Herreran saama WhoScored-rating, 9.7. Harvoin näkee vastaavia ainakaan keskikenttäpelaajilla: https://www.whoscored.com/Matches/1080576/LiveStatistics/England-Premier-League-2016-2017-Liverpool-Manchester-United

 

Huikee peli Herreralta ja oli kyllä ihan mielettömän hienoa katsoa espanjalaisen pelaavan noin kovalla tunteella. Kaveri näyttää vielä syttyvän hieman lisää näihin isoihin otteluihin. Taisi olla Mourinho myös melkoisen tyytyväinen Anderin suoritukseen. 

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Guardianin haastattelu:

 

 

 

Ander Herrera: ‘Spain has the best midfield in the world by a long way’

 

The Manchester United midfielder believes a more defensive role under José Mourinho has helped him to earn his Spain debut

 

Ander Herrera puffs out his cheeks for the hundredth time, eyes gleaming again, and says something that does not need saying: “I like football.” You can tell. You can tell by the way he talks – and talks and talks – by the enthusiasm and the explanations, analysis not just an answer; by the way he reels off lists and lineups and how, when asked if he remembers matches, moments, he does not say “yes” but “yesyesyesyesyes”; by the way one actually believes him when he says he knows what it means to play for Manchester United; by the way he talks about Northampton away and wishing he could watch United with the fans, only to correct himself and say that, actually no, that would mean he was not playing.

 

Herrera says when he stops playing football he will watch football; he talks about old grounds, everyone standing, adopting an English phrase with Spanish currency, a mark of nostalgia and authenticity: “I’m a bit ‘Against Modern Football’”; and admits to being “football mad”. But it is a redundant confession, already clear in the admiration – the reverence, even – with which he talks about players, places and matches.

The next match especially, is one that feels fitting, for Spain against his United captain, Wayne Rooney. Framed portraits cover this room, the room next door and the corridor outside: every Spain international from Abel Resino to Andoni Zubizarreta. Soon Herrera will join them. Tuesday is his debut – at the place he calls “a legendary stadium with an incredible history”. It is his kind of place.

 

Maybe it has been worth the wait, after all. Herrera is 27. A European Under-21 champion who is almost a decade into his career; it has been so long coming Rooney kept joking that the first time he ran out as an international would indeed be at Wembley – but not in red, in white. “Whenever Spain did not call me, Wayne would say: ‘Good: wait, you’ll end up playing for us,’” Herrera says, adding, just in case: “He was joking, eh. He knew my dream was always to play for Spain.

 

“I know Vicente Del Bosque wanted to call me a couple of times. One time I broke a rib playing West Ham, jumping with [James] Collins, and the chance slipped by. That was hard. I’ve always had faith, but you’re aware that Spain has the best midfield in the world by a long way. Better than Argentina, Brazil, anyone: Iniesta, Silva, Cazorla, Mata, Koke, Isco, Tiago. Enough to pick three midfields, all of the highest level.”

 

Paul Scholes once described Herrera as United’s best signing – “For a legend like him to say that is amazing,” the Spaniard says – but there was no place in the national squad until now. The arrival of Julen Lopetegui helped; so did the arrival of José Mourinho, changing his position. That list is no longer a list of Herrera’s direct competitors. “I’m here because Mourinho’s given me the chance to take a new role,” he says. “It’s more defensive: hold my position, don’t lose the ball, win it, bring it out fluidly, that ‘rest defence’. I’m enjoying it. I’m there for others.”

 

Paul Pogba, for a start. “Paul’s an offensive player; he needs freedom and the team needs him to have that,” says Herrera. “He can score 10 a season. With his strength, the way he hits the ball with both feet, his ability in the air, you have to make the most of that.”

 

Herrera did not appear the typical Mourinho player, and the same was even more true of his best friend at United, Juan Mata. The assumption was they would never suit him, Mourinho’s arrival a prelude to their departure. He was too defensive, too preoccupied with physical presence, too committed to the counterattack, not bothered about the ball. They were the opposite. Herrera once said that one thing he liked about Louis van Gaal was that he placed mucha, mucha, mucha importance on possession. Mourinho does not. The end was nigh. Yet here they are.

 

“That’s a myth,” Herrera says. “There’s an idea of Mourinho that’s flawed. In many games we’ve had more possession. Liverpool had more but otherwise we’ve had more of the ball and more chances. Liverpool have been scoring loads: to limit them to two shots, both from distance, is a success. And with Ibra’s chance we could have won 1-0. To go to Anfield, the form they’re in, and stop them deserves praise. Some games you have to shut the door because they’re ‘on fire’. Other days like Burnley, Stoke, Swansea, it’s you who has to attack.

 

“Even against Chelsea possession was ours until the last 10, 15 minutes. OK, we deserved to lose but not 4-0. We had chances for 4-2 or 4-3. Mourinho’s an attacking coach; what he’s not is a kamikaze: he doesn’t have us playing like mad men. He likes the ‘rest defence’ but he’s an attacking coach who gives players freedom. He’s also honest, sincere, says what he thinks to your face. If a coach isn’t honest, players rumble him. There’s a very good relationship. Mourinho’s very straight.”

 

Unlike Van Gaal? “It’s ungentlemanly to talk about coaches who’ve left. I’m grateful to Van Gaal: he brought me to United and I played 71 games so I wouldn’t say a bad word. I prefer to talk about the present. The team’s fine, enjoying the work, training well. I like Mourinho’s sessions: very dynamic, always with the ball. There are no really long sessions or talks. He understands what a footballer needs: twenty minutes, that’s it. No time to lose concentration. We’re still there, and we should have five points more. We deserved to beat Stoke and Burnley. That was unbelievable. 37 shots, they have one and ...”

Herrera blows out his cheeks again. “Incredible, incredible. I spoke to Juan [Mata] and we’d never known anything like it. That happens once a season, but it’s already happened twice. The ball hits the post and goes wide; soon it will hit the post and go in.”

 

Herrera is as effusive about team‑mates. Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic quite so, well, ‘Zlatan’ as he seems? “He’s ... curioso”. Herrera replies. There is a pause. “He’s a superstar, but he’s joking all day, winding people up, and he accepts you doing it back. He’s 35 and look at him,” Herrera continues, raising a skinny little finger. “Like a lad of 28. He looks after himself, eats well, stretches, does his recovery work. There are no miracles – if you’re like that at 35, that agile, that good, it’s because you’re professional. You give Ibra a melon and he turns it into a ball.”

 

Other team-mates will be opponents on Tuesday. Jesse Lingard “understands the game very well” and, as for Marcus Rashford, Herrera laughs. “We wind him up: ‘How much money are you going to make?!’ Because he has everything: he’s quick, shoots well with both feet and I most like his willingness to defend. But, look, he’s 19: we can’t ask him to score 40 goals. Be patient. There will bad times but there will be good too because he’s so talented. A humble kid with a brilliant future.”

 

Then there is the man Herrera seeks out most, the man trying to sign him for England. “I talk to Wayne a lot,” he says. Herrera uses the word sabiduría to describe the forward. It means ‘wisdom’, which may appear a strange choice but he means it: the admiration and affection are genuine. “He’s as futbolero [football-mad] as I am. He has so many stories. I love talking to him because he knows the game so well.”

 

When it is suggested that Rashford and Rooney are at opposite ends both for United and England, one arriving on stage, the other leaving, Herrera responds swiftly. “Well, ‘leaving’? Let’s see. Look, Wayne’s been playing at the highest level from 16. I didn’t reach the first division until I was 20; he’s got four years on me. All that adds up. Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday, Wednesday, national team, Euros, World Cup, competing, winning, again and again. Fifteen years at England’s biggest club has an impact; people need to understand that. And he never disconnects, even when he’s not playing. He’s there, talking about how we can improve.

 

“His attitude’s impressed me. Wayne’s a few goals from Bobby Charlton, yet we get two penalties and he gives the ball to Paul [Pogba] and Anthony [Martial] because they need the confidence. That shows you the class of person he is. The day I leave football, I’ll remember that. And last season he pulled our chestnuts out the fire loads of times.” Herrera laughs. “Is there an English phrase for that?” he asks. “Anyway, he’ll still do that: against Swansea he was fantastic.”

 

Herrera and Rooney have talked England, too. “I don’t think [fatigue] is a convincing argument. It’s true there’s an extra cup in England which has an impact but I think you notice that more in Europe than with the national team. It’s also true that games are madder – I run more than I did in Spain – but I don’t think it’s harder physically. The intensity’s high but not much higher than Spain. I don’t think you pay for that.

“There’s a lot of pressure. I know, I see it: the media’s hard, very hard. They’re tough with the national team. As soon as something goes wrong, the players take some terrible hits. And I think there’s a kind of disencanto [roughly, “a disenchantment”] with the national team now, isn’t there? Games where Wembley hasn’t filled. But they have the foundations, reason to believe and phenomenal players.”

 

This time Wembley will fill. Herrera will be there – and not in the crowd. His family will be, though. They travelled to Granada in case and from there to London. He is so enthusiastic about England that it feels fitting for him to have waited to make his international debut there and, besides, what is three more days? “I knew sooner or later the chance would come. I worked for this: every day as if it was the last.” In the end he got there: the same place where he won his one senior medal (last season’s FA Cup), if not the same dressing room. “Up the corridor to the right,” he says. “But I don’t know if that’s England’s or ours.”

 

As Rooney always said, he will be there too, but wearing a different shirt. And Herrera will not be swapping, not this time, not ever. “If I play, the shirt is for keeping,” he says. “Although if Wayne doesn’t mind giving me his and not getting mine, great. That would be a nice memento. Maybe I’ll tell him that.”

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/13/ander-herrera-spain-debut-england-wembley?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Hyvää luettavaa näin kahvin lomassa. 

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Toisella foorumilla oli erinomainen analyysi Herrerasta:

 

What makes Herrera good?

 

http://www.redcafe.net/threads/what-makes-herrera-good.425082/page-3#post-20254911

 

Muistelin myös jostain, että United on riistänyt tällä kaudella todella tehokkaasti palloja vastustajan kenttäpuoliskolla. United on siinä varmaankin kolmen parhaan jengin joukossa Chelsean ja Liverpoolin ohella. 47 pallonriistoa Herreralta on todella kova määrä, joten voinee sanoa, että hän on Unitedin parantuneessa prässipelissä ehkä suurin yksittäinen tekijä. Hienoa nähdä, miten Bielsa-koulun kasvatti saa tehdä Mourinhon alaisuudessa nyt juuri sitä, minkä parhaiten osaa. 

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