Herrera: United echo Cantona

New midfielder Ander Herrera believes Manchester United’s current players share the same passion and determination as Eric Cantona.

Last Updated: 24/07/14 at 16:14 Post Comment

Ander Herrera: Manchester United's new signing believes they can improve more

Ander Herrera: Manchester United's new signing believes they can improve more

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Spaniard Herrera, 24, shone on his pre-season debut as Louis van Gaal’s side thrashed LA Galaxy 7-0 in California on Wednesday.

Herrera revealed Cantona, who won four titles in five years at Old Trafford, is an inspiration to him both as a player and a character, and that the rest of the squad see the charismatic Frenchman in the same light.

"I liked Cantona’s character, he was a winner and always worked hard, Herrera said.

“He never lost one ball and was always thinking about the victory. This group of players has those same characteristics. We always want to win, we want to play well for the Man United supporters.

“Of course, he had personality too."

Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young and youngster Reece James both scored twice, with Danny Welbeck bagging the other, as United thrived in Van Gaal’s new-look 3-5-2 formation.

But, speaking to MUTV, Herrera warned: “Let's not forget this is a friendly and we still have many things to improve on.

“We are happy with the result but our coach is a very demanding coach. He won't let us sit back and relax.

“He always looks for perfection and for that reason he is ideal for a club that always looks to achieve the greatest things.”

Herrera’s Spain international team-mate Juan Mata also featured in the win before United flew to Denver ahead of their second Guinness International Cup game against Roma on Saturday.

And the former Chelsea attacker was full of praise for Herrera after an impressive first showing.

Mata said: "He is a great player and he showed that in the match. I am very happy for him. We have a good connection on and off the pitch.

“I have known about him for a while from our days with the Spanish national youth teams and he was very good against Galaxy.”

I am mildly more optimistic than I was - don't expect them to win the league this year but I do expect them to qualify for the Champions League in 3rd or 4th place. This optimism is mainly due to how impressed I have been with LvG at the World Cup and his confident manner since taking over. This is a REAL manager who is obviously dictatorial (as all great managers are). Like every other Utd fan, the lack of a world class centre back is a worry that hopefully will be addressed sooner than later. Moyes has gone - be happy!
- whymoyes?

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew - It's mass hysteria

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Euro 2020: Wembley to host final and semi-finals

Wembley has been chosen to stage the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020, while Dublin and Glasgow will also host games.

Premier League: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs Mesut Ozil

Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil must not be used as a 'scapegoat' for Arsenal's shortcomings.

Premier League: Manchester City's Fernandinho wants win over Chelsea

Fernandinho wants Manchester City to close the gap on Chelsea with victory over the Premier League leaders on Sunday.

Mail Box

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

Why Doesn't Rodgers Play Borini?

One Liverpool supporter thinks this could be Fabio Borini's year, whilst we also have thoughts on the Red Bulls, Welbeck vs Gervinho and Paul Lambert's new deal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property