Friday 15 December 2017

Ander heaps on pressure

Ander Herrera in action
Ander Herrera in action

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has welcomed the impending arrival of Pep Guardiola to the English Premier League but believes the pressure on his fellow Spaniard to be a success at Manchester City will be huge.

Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as City boss in the summer after eight trophy-laden years in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Although Guardiola is taking over at United's arch-rivals, Herrera is pleased to see the 45-year-old coming to England - but he also had a warning for his compatriot.

"I'm looking at it from a positive point of view. They're going to make us do better ourselves. Historically, City have always been below United, and this gives them a psychological advantage, because they are coming from behind," Herrera told Spanish newspaper Marca.

"With Pep, with the multi-million pound outlay they've made and will spend with him, I expect the pressure to be higher for them.

"The fans are going to expect a lot: that they win the Premier League with a 10-point gap, that they reach the Champions League final....

"Pep seems a phenomenon to me. His teams always entertain me a lot, but at City the expectations will be very big."

United were also linked with a move for Guardiola as speculation about the future of Louis van Gaal persists, with the latest rumours saying Jose Mourinho will take over in the summer.

But Herrera believes it would be "unfair" to sack the Dutchman.

He said: "I think it would be unfair to sack him because the way of working in England is to give confidence, and we still have the chance of winning three titles: FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League."

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