Ander Herrera has sent a message to his Manchester United teammates following their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough in the Premier League, expressing his delight at such a solid performance in spite of what was an unfairly quick turnaround between games.
Rudy Gestede’s 78th minute goal precipitated an awkward last ten minutes for the visitors, but they sealed all three points with an injury time Antonio Valencia goal following a woeful blunder from former red Victor Valdes.
And Herrera, suspended for the clash at the Riverside following his red card against Chelsea, was quick to praise his teammates for the way they closed out an important result.
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) March 19, 2017
Mourinho flatly predicted his side to lose against Middlesbrough, pointing towards the increasing levels of fatigue within the ranks, and you could tell that he was speaking from his past experiences with other clubs.
But what the Portuguese failed to mention was that, under his tutelage, United have generated a palpable level of harmony and collective spirit this season. Every sinew was being stretched during those closing stages, and such a result – which stretched United’s unbeaten run to 18 games – will serve as a massive boost heading into a busy April period consisting of eight matches.