Ander Herrera has insists Manchester United can not afford to encounter the same post-international break slump in form when the Premier League resumes in a fortnight.
Jose Mourinho‘s side went into the September international break in high spirits following successive wins over Leicester City, AFC Bournemouth, Southampton and Hull City.
However, Man United were quickly plunged into the mire as Premier League football resumed, losing to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford.
Speaking after United’s 1-1 draw with Stoke, the Spaniard made it clear the same thing cannot happen when Mourinho’s side return to action against Liverpool on October 17.
“After the last international break we lost three games in a row so we have to avoid that. We have to come back very strong,” he said.
“We have to play two very tough Premier League games away – Liverpool and Chelsea- and between them Fenerbache in the Europa League.
“That is a very important game as well. We want to win to be able to face the rest of the group in a calm way.
“Then we have Manchester City in the League Cup. It will be tough but we want to fight for everything. We have a very good squad, we have shown that, and we can face every game in every competition.”
It may only be October, but the next few games already carry astronomical importance. Mourinho’s men currently sit in sixth spot, three points behind Liverpool and five behind Manchester City. A win at Anfield could see United move up to third, alongside acting as an important statement of intent following the disappointment of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke.
In many ways, the nascent stages of the Mourinho era have been largely out of sync with what normally occurs under the 53-year-old: United fans have witnessed growingly encouraging displays without the desired scoreline – a far cry from Mourinho’s normal strategy of ‘winning ugly’. Nevertheless, United fans will be confident that mistakes made against Stoke – namely a complete ineptitude in front of goal – will be rectified in time for the clash with Jurgen Klopp’s side.