Ander Herrera: Manchester United must show spirit against West Ham United

by Tanveer Arayan

Ander Herrera believes Manchester United must show spirit and a desire to win ahead of the FA Cup clash against West Ham United on Wednesday.

Man United will take on West Ham at Upton Park in a replay following the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford earlier this term but head into the game down in spirits.

Louis van Gaal’s side suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at the weekend and there have been reports of dressing room unrest but Herrera insisted the squad are focused.

“I know how important the FA Cup is for our fans. We don’t have players in the dressing room who have won it for United,” he said.

“I was talking to Michael Carrick about it and he told me he wants to win and get to Wembley. We realise how important it is for us as players and for our fans to get a trophy.

“In the Premier League you show your balance but in the cup you show your spirit and your desire to win. The FA Cup is a big competition, it’s very emotional.

“If we beat West Ham we’ll have the chance to play at Wembley, which is a fantastic stadium. I have a lot of things in mind about being there and we have a big chance to be there, but of course West Ham away is not easy.”

United suffered early exits from the Champions League and Capital One Cup earlier this season and the league campaign has been one to forget, meaning the FA Cup has been left as United’s only real chance of success this term and being knocked out by West Ham would be disastrous.

As for Herrera, he avoided being part of the humiliation at White Hart Lane as he was left on the bench but at Upton Park he could come back into the team. Whether that would change anything remains to be seen.

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