Ander Herrera believes Manchester United didn’t deserve FA Cup Final defeat

by Alex Turk

Ander Herrera believes that Manchester United didn’t deserve to lose Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Final because they ‘were the better team by far.’

Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game as he stroked home a 22nd-minute penalty following catastrophically poor defending by Phil Jones and denied Man United a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph at Wembley Stadium.

United dominated the match as they persistently chased the 1-0 lead but failed to break down Antonio Conte’s well-drilled defence and were awfully wasteful when rare chances did arise.

Herrera, who played the full 90 minutes alongside Nemanja Matić and Paul Pogba in midfield, cut a distraught figure following full-time as he explained his thoughts on the game:

“[I am] really disappointed because I think we were the better team by far. I think we controlled the game. We played really well, we created a lot of problems and we were the better team.

“But in football, not always the better team wins the game, so I can congratulate them and hopefully we can come back next season.”

Herrera has had a mixed season after winning the 2016-17 Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award and will be looking to find that exceptional form once again following a summer of rest and rehabilitation on his holidays.

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