Manchester United come up against Southampton on Sunday, in the final of the EFL Cup. The manager is hoping that a win will make him regain his status as a trophy winner. The United manager is also hoping a win will spur the players on to challenge his former club for the title this season.
Although the EFL cup is the least valued of all the trophies that United are currently involved in, it is also the most realistic chance they have of gaining silverware.
“When you have a taste of good things, you want to repeat it,” the Portuguese said. “When you get used to winning, when you don’t win, you miss it. You don’t accept not winning and you are always chasing for more success, so I think it’s a good thing for the players if we manage to win another trophy.
“We all know the history of this club, that football is changing, that it’s much harder than it was before, but last season was a very difficult season for the club and players, but together with their manager [Louis van Gaal], they managed to win a trophy [the FA Cup]. It was a good taste for them, so we have to try.”
Herrera also backed up his manager: “We want to win every trophy because we want to respect our history and our fans,” the midfielder said. “This club is about titles, we don’t select which competitions we go for, we go into all of them to try to win. We know it is not easy but we try.”
Although Mourinho’s main aim of the season will be to challenge for the title and hopefully win it, a cup win will definitely take them in the right direction. The North West club currently sit 12 points behind Chelsea in the league and have only 12 games left to bridge that gap.
The 54-year-old is starting to make the team a sizeable force to beat. In their most recent game in the F.A Cup against Blackburn Rovers, the team went 1-0 down and then calmly won the game 2-1. Herrera said. “When Blackburn scored, we didn’t go crazy, we kept playing, moving the ball from side to side, creating chances. We have a lot of confidence in ourselves and we are showing just how difficult it is to beat us. I cannot say it is impossible to beat us but it is difficult because we are very compact, we all attack, we create chances.”
Although the campaign hasn’t started well with United sitting on 48 points after 25 matches (the lowest Mourinho had managed in the Premier League so far) the EFL Cup will definitely be a defining point in the season and could be the match that completely changes Manchester United’s season.