Man United 3 Aston Villa 1: Ander Herrera issues top-four rallying cry

Ander Herrera warns Manchester United that they must keep up their good form in the race for a top-four finish

Ander Herrera warned Manchester United that they are still in for a fight in their quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League after the Spaniard helped the Red Devils seal a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Herrera gave United the lead on the stroke of half-time at Old Trafford with a low shot after good work from Daley Blind.

Wayne Rooney then made it 2-0 in the 79th minute when he fired into the top corner.

Christian Benteke pulled one back for Tim Sherwood’s visitors with a low strike – but Herrera sealed the victory with a side-footed finish in stoppage time.

The win lifted Manchester United up to third place in the Premier League table, but Herrera has warned his team-mates that the race for Champions League qualification is far from over.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Saturday’s win, Herrera said: “The battle for the top four is going to be very tough but we are on the right road.

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“We are in very good form but have to play seven more games and have to fight a lot.”

He added: “Scoring goals was one of the things that I had to improve on. I’m getting better but have to improve still.”

United’s next game is a home clash with Manchester City next Sunday.

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