Ander Herrera laughs off jokes he still had ‘Hazard in his pocket’

Date published: Tuesday 25th April 2017 12:49

Ander Herrera has admitted he was pleased with his performance after responding to claims he still has Chelsea’s star man Eden Hazard in his back pocket.

The dependable, ever-improving Spaniard scored one, assisted the other and marked star turn Hazard out of the game at Old Trafford earlier this month as Manchester United recorded a 2-0 victory over the Premier League title favourites.

Antonio Conte’s men failed to muster so much as a shot on target as United secured a win far more comprehensive than the 2-0 scoreline suggests, with Herrera producing a man-of-the-match display.

Asked if the Belgian was still in his pocket, Herrera laughed then said: “Hazard, for me, has been the best player of the season so far.

“It was not a very easy job for me but I think I did it right.

“Also the team was very compact so that made it more easy for me. But now I know everyone is talking about it, but I want to forget it.

“I want to think about today winning, hopefully Thursday the same [against Manchester City] and we have (the) Europa League (semi-final).

“The Europa League is a competition that makes me very excited because I lost the final three or four years ago and I want to take that knife from my back.

“So hopefully we can fight for the that title as well, but I know very good (semi-final opponents) Celta Vigo. They are a very difficult team.”

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