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This is Our Only Chance, Says United’s Ander Herrera



“Effort and dedication aren’t negotiable,” Manchester United’s Ander Herrera, Sports Village Square gathered, has told uefa media outlet. The Manchester United’s all-action midfielder is determined to leave no stone unturned in their bid to beat Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final.

Hear him: “It’s a pivotal game for us, for our ambition to play in the Champions League next season. It’s also a European trophy, an important one. It has been a long time since United last won a European trophy and the Europa League is the only competition the club haven’t won yet.

“All this makes it a very important game for us, but the same goes for Ajax. I’ll do everything I can to bring the trophy back to Manchester, while also remaining aware of Ajax’s qualities and not underestimating them.

“The trophy’s a very heavy one? I don’t even want to think about it – it could be bad luck. I prefer to think that we are going to face a good team and that we need to perform to our best to win the final. I prefer not to think about the trophy. Would I touch it before the game? No chance.”

  On the opposition, Herrera remarked: “I’m sure they are as excited as we are. We respect them, because they have performed well so far and because they have very talented players. They are a very dynamic and attack-minded team.


“They are also a club with great history and clubs like this make finals even more special. Ajax and United are European giants, so it will be a very attractive game for everyone.”

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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