PSG Sign Former Man United Midfielder Herrera On Five-Year Deal

Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, South Wales. Geoff CADDICK / AFP

 

Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after leaving Manchester United, the French champions announced on Thursday.

The 29-year-old has signed a five-year contract which will keep him at the club until June 2024.

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“I really wanted to join Paris and wear these colours,” said Herrera, who has been capped twice by Spain.

“The club has a very beautiful story and I’m happy to be able to write new pages. Joining this club is an extraordinary feeling.

“I promise you three things — work, professionalism and passion.”

Herrera joined United in 2014 from Athletic Bilbao and scored 20 goals in 189 appearances during his five-year stint at Old Trafford — becoming a go-to player in big matches, especially under former manager Jose Mourinho.

He is PSG’s third new arrival of the close season, after teenage goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who joined from Chelsea, and fellow Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who signed from Sevilla for a reported fee of between 18-20 million euros ($20-22m).

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has been looking to strengthen in midfield after the capital club saw the jettisoned Adrien Rabiot join Juventus at the end of his contract.

Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak also made a permanent move to Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was on loan last season.

Despite winning the Ligue 1 title, Tuchel’s side were widely criticised after a shock Champions League last-16 loss to Manchester United.

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United Can Progress Despite PSG Defeat, Says Herrera

PSG’s defender Juan Bernat (R) vies with United’s midfielder Ander Herrera (L), United’s midfielder Juan Mata (2L) and United’s midfielder Nemanja Matic during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 football match between United and PSG at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on February 12, 2019. PSG won the match 2-0. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Ander Herrera believes Manchester United can still progress in the Champions League despite their chastening home loss to Paris Saint-Germain, saying it will not throw their season off track.

After winning 10 out of his first 11 matches in all competitions, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tasted defeat for the first time in the first leg of the round of 16 tie against the French champions on Tuesday.

Angel di Maria was the scourge of his former club as he provided assists for Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe in a 2-0 loss to PSG that could have been worse but for David de Gea’s performance in goal.

Paul Pogba’s sending-off compounded a bad night for United, but midfielder Herrera was not too downhearted after their unbeaten 11-game run came to an end.

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“I think this result is not going to hurt us because of the way we lost,” the United midfielder said on a night that saw teammates Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial sustain first-half injuries.

“I think the game was tight until the first goal,” he added. “We couldn’t say we were the better team, but they were not better than us either.”

But the Spaniard said United could take heart from some good results away from home this season.

They won at Juventus in the group stage under Jose Mourinho before securing impressive victories at Tottenham and Arsenal with Solskjaer.

“We won away against Tottenham, we won against Arsenal,” he said. “They are teams that are as good as PSG, so we will go there to try and make it difficult for them.

“Right now, we have to think about the FA Cup against Chelsea and keep our place in the top four.”

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United Boss Admits Concern At Herrera Injury In Sevilla Draw

United Boss Admits Concern At Herrera Injury In Sevilla Draw
Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch at the end of the football match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on February 3, 2018. Paul ELLIS / AFP

 

Jose Mourinho fears Ander Herrera has a “bad injury” after the Spanish midfielder was forced off in the first half of Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League.

Herrera hadn’t played in United’s previous three matches due to a muscle injury before being recalled for the last 16, first leg at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

However, he lasted only 17 minutes before being replaced by Paul Pogba.

“I think it’s a bad injury. He had a small injury that stopped him for the last couple of matches, but the medical department gave him 100 percent ready for last Saturday,” said Mourinho after the game in Spain.

“We didn’t play him to give him more work and more protection but it looks like he wasn’t fully fit.”

Mourinho added: “He looked fit and the way he was playing during the time he was on the pitch — he was pressing a lot, really high — you only do that when you feel good.

“Then it was a back-heel and a back-heel creates a contraction in the muscular area where he had the biggest problem, and now we have proof that he was not 100 percent fit.”

United were reliant on some fine David de Gea saves to leave the Sanchez Pizjuan with a draw, but the result leaves the tie wide open ahead of the return at Old Trafford next month.

“We have to decide it at Old Trafford,” Mourinho added.

“Last season we had Europa League knockout games there which obviously is not the same.

“In previous years we were out in the group phase, so Old Trafford needs a big Champions League night.”

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Manchester United Defeat Burnley In Premier League Clash

Manchester United Defeat Burnley In Premier League ClashManchester United on Sunday beat Burnley 2-0 to keep up the pressure on Manchester City in the English Premier League.

Anthony Martial broke the deadlock after 21 minutes, sliding Ander Herrera’s cross past Tom Heaton.

Eighteen minutes later, Wayne Rooney nudged home after Martial’s shot was half-stopped by the home goalkeeper.

The victory earned United three points as they close the gap on City with a point.

On the other hand, Burnley are 15th on the Premier League table with 36 points from 34 matches.

Chelsea Beat Man. United At Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, got the better part of Jose Mourinho for the second time this season, as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1- 0 at Stamford Bridge to qualify in the FA Cup semi-finals on Monday.

N’Golo Kante’s 51st minutes goal was enough for Conte’s double chasing side to break United’s resistance after the visitors had Ander Herrera sent off after 35 minutes for a second yellow card.

Mourinho’s frustration boiled over and both managers had to be separated after an angry exchange shortly after Herrera’s send off.

United, were missing the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic and injured Wayne Rooney and offered little threat once Kante had beaten David de Gea with a precise low shot.

Chelsea could have won by more, although United did have their moments and came close to an equaliser in the second half, when Marcus Rashford was foiled by keeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Blues would now face Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals at Wembley.

Manchester United Beat Southampton To Claim League Cup

Zlatan Ibrahimovic shines as Manchester United Beat Southampton To Claim League CupZlatan Ibrahimovic scored a dramatic 87th minute winner as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 to win the English Football League Cup in a pulsating Wembley final.

Ibrahimovic had given United the lead with a sublime free-kick before Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 from the edge of the box after Marcos Rojo’s cut-back.

Southampton staged a remarkable fightback with two goals from Manolo Gabbiadini.

Ibrahimovic’s powerful header from Ander Herrera’s cross secured Jose Mourinho his first major trophy in his first season as Manchester United manager.

Crystal Palace To Face Manchester United In FA Cup Final

FA CupCrystal Palace on Sunday evening set up a repeat of the 1990 English FA Cup final against Manchester United after Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham secured a 2-1 victory over Watford at Wembley.

Bolasie headed in Yohan Cabaye’s corner to put Palace in front but after six minutes Troy Deeney sparked the semi-final into life with Watford’s equaliser nine minutes after halftime.

The equaliser, however, only lasted for seven minutes as Wickham popped up with the winning goal on 61 minutes.

Manchester United had defeated Everton 2-0 at Wembley on Saturday to go through into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range and goalkeeper David de Gea also brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku’s 57th-minute penalty.

An injury-time goal by Anthony Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face Crystal Palace.

Martial’s Late Goal Puts Manchester United Into FA Cup Final

Anthony-Martial leads Man Utd into FA Cup FinalsAn injury-time goal by Anthony Martial in a game against Everton at Wembley was enough for Manchester United to go through into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final.

Martial ensured Louis van Gaal’s side will face either Crystal Palace or Watford with a composed finish in the dying seconds of the semi-final.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a deserved first-half lead from close range – but they were then indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea as he brilliantly saved Romelu Lukaku’s 57th-minute penalty, the BBC reports.

After a passive first 45 minutes that saw Everton jeered off at half-time, they drew level with 15 minutes left when Chris Smalling deflected Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net.

As the game looked destined for extra-time, Ander Herrera’s poked pass sent Martial clear and the striker showed great composure to drill a low finish past Everton keeper Joel Robles.

England’s international captain, Wayne Rooney, showed his class in a deep-lying role behind United’s attack.

In the opening half especially, afforded time and space by a timid Everton, Rooney not only showed his full range of passes to create chances and dictate the game, he even showed the energy to get back and clear Lukaku’s early goalbound effort off the line.

Cech Says Arsenal Can Still Win Premier League

arsenalArsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech believes the gunners still have the chance to win the Premier League if they keep working.

Cech spoke to the media after Arsenal were beaten 3-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

On the disappointment of losing the match, he said, “Man United away is a big game. They fight to have a chance to enter the top four, so we knew it was going to be a difficult game. In a game like this, you can make mistakes and we were punished for them.

“Every time we made a mistake at the back, they (profited). The third goal was a lucky bounce for them and I thought it was decisive, because if we could have come back to 2-2 in the second half, we would have had a chance to win the game. At 3-1 down, you try to get one back as soon as possible, which we managed to do. But we didn’t create enough to score in the last 10 minutes.

“We still have a chance, so we will go for it until the last minute. This was a big disappointment for us and is a step back after last week, where we managed to overcome a deficit against Leicester at home. This is a step back but we need to keep working.

Cech also gave some credit to Manchester United’s young squad.

“I think it was a perfect game for them. They had nothing to lose and had a very good win in midweek, so everyone was ready for the game. We knew it was going to be difficult but, as I said, no matter what opposition you play against, if you make mistakes, you’re going to be punished.”

He admitted that the loss was a step back but they can still make up for this. “We have two important games coming up this week and if we manage to win both, the table might look better again,” he said.

Premier League: Manchester United Beat Arsenal 3-2

United -LeagueManchester United teenager, Marcus Rashford, on Sunday scored a brace, as the Red Devils beat Arsenal in the English Premier League title challenge.

Rashford, who scored twice on his debut in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, steered in a loose ball for the opener then headed in three minutes later. His goals were enough to earn him the man of the match.

Ex-united striker, Danny Welbeck nodded Arsenal back into the game, but Ander Herrera curled in Rashford’s lay-off.

Mesut Ozil’s volley gave third-placed Arsenal hope, but United held on.

Also, Tottenham moved back to within two points of League leaders, Leicester City, after battling back from behind to beat Swansea City.

Van Gaal Targets Victory In PSV Clash

van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal, admits that his team are struggling with injuries as they prepare to face PSV Eindhoven in Wednesday’s Champions League at Old Trafford.

United could be without nine front-line players for the visit of Dutch Champions, PSV, in Group B after defender, Phil Jones, and midfielder, Ander Herrera, were injured in the Premier League win at Watford.

Wayne Rooney is also a doubt after missing Saturday’s match with an illness, while 19-year-old French forward, Anthony Martial, has a foot injury.

However, PSV Manager, Phillip Cocu, expressed beliefs that his team could advance to the knockout stages of the League, as they prepare to play Manchester United.

United midfielder, Daley Blind, said they would be on a revenge mission when they host PSV in the Group B clash.

Van Gaal’s side lost the first leg in Eindhoven by 2 goals to 1, but Blind suggests the score line was not a fair reflection of the game.

The match is scheduled for 8:45pm, Nigerian time.

English FA Cup: Van Gaal Hails Resilient Man United Performance

van GaalManchester United Manager, Louis van Gaal, was happy to see his charges secure a safe passage to the FA Cup fourth round following a tough match against Yeovil Town.

Strikes from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria gave the Reds a 2-0 win in a hard-fought battle on Sunday afternoon and Mr van Gaal believes the players deserve some credit for their resilient display.

“It’s always difficult to play against such teams,” van Gaal told BT Sport.

“They gave us not so much time and every ball came under pressure. I have lot of respect for the players and coach of Yeovil Town – it was not so easy for us.

“In the second half, we had a little bit more time and space, we played better and were more patient,” he added.

“We kept the ball better also and, because of that, we could score the winning goal.

“We dominated the game, more so in the second half. They had one chance from a set-piece, but we were organised and Angel Di Maria cleared it away.

“It’s just simple organisation. I think they maybe had one more chance after a mistake from one of my players, but that’s it.”

On Di Maria’s impact on the game, the coach said, “It was class, and not his first from outside the box. It had a little bit of luck, but you need that, I’m very happy for him.”

The victory did not come without some price for the reds as Rafael and Luke Shaw were forced off during half time.

The Brazilian has a suspected fractured cheekbone, while England international Shaw sustained an ankle problem.

The defensive pair did not reappear after half-time of the FA Cup third-round tie, with the Reds bringing on Juan Mata and Jonny Evans and reverting to the back-four.