Herrera fires Champions League warning
Former Red Ander Herrera has praised both Manchester United's progression and Paul Pogba, in particular, as he prepares to face us for the first time since leaving Old Trafford.
When the Reds walk out at Parc des Princes for out first match of the Champions League group stage, the familiar face might play for the French side.
Herrera, who of course spent six seasons at Old Trafford, is looking forward to seeing his old team mates. During his pre-match press conference, the midfielder was asked about the last time United played in the French capital, our famous 3-1 win in March 2019.
“I was a Manchester United player then so, of course, I was very happy with the outcome,
“ Herrera said.
”We played a lot of new players. A lot of the first-team players were injured back then. We had hope and actually played well, and we won, so I was very happy.
“Now, it’s different. I’m a Paris player. I don’t know if I’m going to start or not. Whatever’s going to happen, I’m playing for Paris and Paris is in my mind. I’m going to play the best I can and make sure we win.
“The memories are nice but this is a whole different game. No fans, different atmosphere. We’re ready to win now.
Tuesday evening's encounter will be the first in Group H, which also consists of the Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir and last campaign's Champions League semi-finalists RB Leipzig.
”Now it’s a game tomorrow, an important game for both,
“ he added. ”This is a group where you can’t make many mistakes because, if you do, you’re in trouble.
One of the players our former no. 21 could battle against in midfield is former colleague Pogba, whom he praised before the match.
“I think he has everything - there are not many players like him,” he said about our France international.
“Pogba, he can play one-on-one, box-to-box, a little high, he definitely has got it all. He’s got all the skills and the talent. I think he plays well right now because of Bruno Fernandes. Before, we used to play more on the left and more on the right. Regardless, he's got the talent to be one of the best.
”Now, I’m a Paris player, so I wish him the best. Tomorrow, it’s a different team and the fight is on.
Herrera, who won the Carabao Cup, the Emirates FA Cup, the Europa League and two Community Shields during his time at the Theatre of Dreams, says he still follows his former team closely, emphasising his support for United as he spoke to the press on Monday.
“They are progressing,” he said.
“They have signed the right players, in my opinion. They are going to improve. They are progressing. I don’t think they are going backwards, I think they are going forwards.”