Jose Mourinho sends clear Man United message to Ander Herrera

Jose Mourinho tells Ander Herrera that he will have to get used to his lack of playing time at Manchester United

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho has told Ander Herrera that he will have to get used to his lack of playing time at Manchester United this season.

The Spanish midfielder played a big role in helping Manchester United enjoy a strong first season under Mourinho last term as the Red Devils lifted both the Europa League and League Cup in the Portuguese coach’s first campaign at the club.

Herrera is a firm favourite amongst Manchester United fans but he has seen his playing time to be significantly restricted this season.

The 28-year-old has only started one of Manchester United’s five Premier League games this season, with Mourinho preferring to play new signing Nemanja Matic in midfield with Paul Pogba.

And Mourinho has told Herrera that he will have to be patient this season and get used to the high level of competition at Old Trafford.

Mourinho is quoted as saying by the Daily Star: “[Sergio] Romero played the Europa League final, which was the game of the season for us, and he is not playing now.

“Herrera was Player of the Season and he is not starting matches. You know, that’s life at big clubs.

“We gave Michael Carrick a contract because we think he’s a good player and an important player.”

He added: “For Carrick and for Ander, it’s just patience because their time will arrive. They are going to be important players for us, for sure.

“That’s the team, that’s the squad. We cannot play with [only] 11 guys.”

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to the south coast to take on Southampton at St Mary’s.

The Red Devils are aiming to win the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his career back in 2013.

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