Ander Herrera claims he has a “fantastic relationship” with Jose Mourinho after he was criticised by the Manchester United boss for comments he made post-match against Huddersfield.
Herrera has only made three starts in the Premier League for United this season due to Nemanja Matic’s arrival from Chelsea in the summer.
The Red Devils lost 2-1 to the Terriers in a poor performance that saw them slip to five points off leaders Manchester City in the title race.
After the match Herrera admitted that David Wagner’s side were “more passionate and aggressive than us”, which didn’t go down too well with his manager.
Mourinho was annoyed at the Spaniard’s comments and singled him out, he said: “Herrera is in the interviews saying the attitude and desire was poor, my God. They should be in the press conference to explain.”
And the 28-year-old was keen to clear up the matter following United’s convincing 2-0 victory over Swansea in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
“Everything he says I accept. I am a professional,” said Herrera. “We have a fantastic relationship. So let’s look forward and think about Tottenham next Saturday.
“When you lose a game you want to play well as quickly as possible and we did at Swansea. We needed to get good feelings back.
“I just said what I said (after Huddersfield). The first 30 minutes they had a better attitude. Against Swansea, we controlled the game, very balanced, everyone pressing, everyone ready. That’s what we want every game.”
Tottenham travel to Old Trafford for the early Premier League kick-off on Saturday and Herrera knows the Red Devils will have to be on top form to get a result.
“Tottenham are a real rival, they are contenders for everything, they took Liverpool apart at the weekend,” Herrera added.
“They are very well organised, they play good football and they have players who can score – Eriksen, Dele Alli, Son, Harry Kane. Even the full-backs are very offensive.”