Ander Herrera Given ‘Dressing Down’ After Fallout With José Mourinho

Ander Herrera Given ‘Dressing Down’ After Fallout With José Mourinho
Sep 15, 2017

Manchester United News

Manchester United fan-favourite Ander Herrera was reportedly given a stern talking-to in José Mourinho’s office at the end of last season after the Spaniard almost endangered his side’s chances of progressing to the Europa League final.

Herrera, who was awarded Player of the Year at Old Trafford last season, has seen himself drop to the bench with Mourinho opting for Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matić in his midfield during a spell which has seen the club rise to the top of the table.

According to the Daily Mail, the Spaniard’s absence from the starting eleven may be down to an incident between Herrera and his boss earlier this year in which Herrera risked exposing United’s Europa League preparations for their semi-final clash with Celta Vigo.

It’s believed the 28-year-old brought a close friend to United’s AON Training Complex at Carrington, a friend who had connections with Celta Vigo, ahead of their semi-final clash. It’s also said that Mourinho identified the man and knew of his connections with the Spanish club, resulting in Herrera being called into his boss’ office for a ‘dressing down’.

Now, a so-called ‘insider’ has told the newspaper that Herrera and Mourinho’s relationship has deteriorated since the event, though it won’t affect ongoing contract negotiations between the midfielder and club. “We used to joke that he was José’s golden boy,” said the insider.

“They were always chatting about the game. But the dynamic has changed since the end of last season. It’s not the same.”

Despite the fallout, a hamstring injury has sidelined Paul Pogba for a reported 4-6 weeks, meaning Herrera’s influence could be about to grow this season. In the spell without the Frenchman’s creativity, the Bilbao-born man could have a chance to rebuild the trust between himself and the manager as United attempt to clinch the Premier League title for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign in 2013.

 

 

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