Ander Herrera has urged Manchester United to remain concentrated on the task facing them at Fulham this weekend with bigger games ahead this month.
United can undo all the hard work over the past month by taking their eye off the ball. A few bad results and we could end another season without a trophy, as well as Champions League qualification.
Every game between now and the end of the season is huge. Under José Mourinho, United lost touch with some of the teams they’re now above or closely behind. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be aware of how important consistency is now and not becoming complacent.
Sunday’s 1-0 victory at the King Power Stadium extended Solskjaer’s unbeaten start to 10 games. The Reds also jumped from sixth place to fifth – overtaking Arsenal. United are also a mere two points off Chelsea in fourth, and the Blues face Premier League champions Manchester City this weekend.
United take on Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League before a fifth-round FA Cup tie against Chelsea later on in February. Liverpool after that.
In comparison to those fixtures, Fulham should be straight-forward but it probably won’t be…
And United are not in a position to be any way complacent – the players know they were underperforming for too long, and must earn their crust again.
Herrera spoke about the matter at hand, as quoted by AFP: “It will be a big mistake if we think further than Fulham, that’s a massive game for us because (fourth-placed) Chelsea are playing (Manchester) City. Let’s go game by game, because if you lose one game you regret.
“Now for Fulham, then we will think about PSG. The best way to prepare for the PSG game is to try and win away at Fulham and that’s the way I think.”
The Spain international has the right mind-set heading into the upcoming fixtures, but hopefully the rest of the players are on the same page.
Herrera was then asked whether Solskjaer should be given the United job on a permanent basis.
“We are very happy with him at the moment but it’s not my decision,” added Herrera.
“I’m not going to do comparisons. I am only going to speak about what is happening now. I’m not comparing. We are very happy with him, everyone feels free.
“We’re playing with a lot of freedom, this is one of the things he is talking about every day.”