Ander Herrera has reacted to reaching the Europa League final following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo on Thursday night.
Celta threw the tie back into the balance with a late Facundo Roncaglia header, with Eric Bailly‘s red card minutes later only adding to the nerves around Old Trafford, but Man United held on for a place in the final against Ajax.
And Herrera, speaking after what he described as a “crazy game”, insisted that United would have to give everything in Stockholm.
“It was a crazy game. We were better in the first leg and should have had a better result. Tonight we suffered,” Herrera said.
“But we are in the final, we have fought hard to get here.
“You cannot win a semi final easily, or be calm. We are in the final, that’s what counts.
“We have played a lot of games. We know that in the league it is almost impossible to qualify for the Champions League so we will give it our all.”
The very fact that United’s season – nine long, hard months – comes down to one game, one result, almost feels cruel. Distilling that much importance into 90 minutes (or maybe 120) just isn’t fair.
But such is the case for Mourinho’s men. They knew that, as their Premier League campaign continued to stutter, their Champions League hopes could be decided in an evening, in the notoriously unpredictable environment of a final.
They will need to do what they have done in Europe all season: dig deep, remain compact, and forge a result.