Manchester United midfielder, Ander Herrera, following their 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Sunday, has conceded that his club’s next two games in the premier league are extremely ‘key’ to their hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
Herrera, who started in the derby at the Etihad, revealed that he had studied the club’s fixture directory immediately after the defeat, and insisted it had become enforced for United to pick maximum points in their next two games with Crystal Palace, then Southampton.
The Spaniard spoke to MUTV: “I have already been checking the next few weeks – we have Palace at home and Southampton away, and there are some games between the top six teams.
“If we want to be in the top four soon, we have to win the next games. If we could choose now, we would play in three days for sure, but now there is time to think what we did good and what we did bad, but not too much.”
“Football gives you an opportunity soon. It’s sad that the opportunity will be in two weeks and not two days, but if we want to be in the top four soon, then Palace and Southampton are two key games.”
Ander Herrera also acknowledged that in the game against their rivals, City had been in the ascendancy even before David Silva’s opener, and that Aguero’s second totally knocked United of their perch.
“I think, until the first goal, they were better. Then, after, we had some good moments, but I think the second goal killed us.”
“There are things we will take from this game and things we need to improve, but there is no time to cry. We’re already thinking about Crystal Palace,” he added.