Ander Herrera on the ball against Arsenal

Herrera: Solskjaer says we can all attack at United

The Manchester United players believe that anything is possible when they are on the pitch, according to in-form midfielder Ander Herrera.

Speaking after the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup on Friday night, the Spaniard revealed how caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has instilled belief in the squad.

“Ole brought that to the team from the first day,”
Ander explained.
“He said we want to be a team that controls the game, but sometimes that’s impossible. 

“Sometimes we have to defend, but we know when we are defending that anything can happen in attack for us. We have quick forward players who are able to make runs to be in box. 

“Paul [Pogba] makes those runs, Ash [Young] and Luke [Shaw] too; everyone is allowed to go and attack, so of course when we are playing we think that anything is possible. 

“Even in the tough moments, we have the feeling that we can hurt our opponent.”
 

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The win against the Gunners was United’s eighth consecutive victory under Solskjaer, with two of the last three coming away from home in the capital. 

Herrera isn’t getting carried away though, with focus immediately turning to the next game as we return to league action against Burnley at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

“We shouldn’t go crazy with the table,”
Ander said.
“There are still a lot of matches to play in the league so we go game by game. Every game gives you a new challenge, and new problems to solve. 

“Now, we’re thinking about the next game which is Burnley. It’s an important game. They will probably try to make the most of set pieces, they’re aggressive and compact.

“Our feeling is that if we perform at our best, we can beat anyone. It doesn’t mean we’re going to beat every team, but we have the belief because we have the quality to do it.”

Herrera also refused to discuss the subject of his future, deciding instead to focus on the “more important” subject of Burnley at home, when asked by one journalist about a potential new deal.

“I’m not going to talk about my contract,” he told the press. “We have more important things happening now than my contract so I just try to perform. 

“My priority is to beat Burnley, Leicester… and if I deserve a new contract, the contract will come. I’m not a selfish guy, I want the team to keep winning games, I don’t go crazy about my contract.”

Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera.
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Herrera also heaped praise on Alexis Sanchez after the no.7 scored the opening goal against his former club, Arsenal, on Friday night. 

“Alexis is a fantastic player. We know he’s had difficult moments in the last year, but he’s fantastic. He can change a game, he can score fantastic goals and provide fantastic assists. 

It’s great to have six attacking players who can change the game in one minute. At the moment, we all know Marcus is enjoying the game, Jesse the same. Romelu made two assists tonight which isn’t usually one of his qualities in a game. And Juan Mata on the bench… he’s got the stats: assists and goals. 

“It’s not easy for the opponents when they are going to face Manchester United and they see these players.”

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