Uk News The Man City loanee with a PL 'dream' who is aiming to knock Man Utd out of Europe United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - It is believed Manchester City could potentially include Herrera in their squad next season

Uk News The Man City loanee with a PL 'dream' who is aiming to knock Man Utd out of Europe United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - It is believed Manchester City could potentially include Herrera in their squad next season

Uk News  The Man City loanee with a PL 'dream' who is aiming to knock Man Utd out of Europe United Kingdom news
08 April 2021 - 06:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! For many Mancunians, the name Granada calls to mind the old ITV franchise, named after the southern Spanish city but established in England’s northwest after its founders, the Bernstein brothers, saw the region’s annual rainfall rate and counted on locals being stuck indoors.A damp squib is one way that Mancunians from the city’s red half would possibly describe last season’s Old Trafford loan stay of Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo, a player who actually features on a wall display of past players outside Granada’s Los Cármenes stadium.For those in the blue half, though, there is an intriguing current football connection. A key figure in the Granada side that Manchester United face in their UEFA Europa League quarter-final is the Venezuelan international Yangel Herrera, a midfielder owned by Manchester City whose productive two-year loan stay in Andalusia could yet earn him an opportunity back at the Etihad – of which more later.i's fantasy football tips newsletter: get aheadEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.A powerful, mobile, box-to box midfielder, the 23-year-old has shone in the European debutants’ fairy-tale run, scoring five times – including the opening goal in the 2-0 home victory over Napoli in the round of 32. Read More If Man Utd are the second-best team the Premier League has to offer, what does that say? “It’s historic, historic,” he tells i, repeating the word for emphasis, when asked about the first European adventure of a club 90 years old this week. “We’ve had 13 games including qualifying and the truth is, it’s really nice to now face a great club like United.”Thursday’s tie is reward for the long road travelled by Herrera and his team-mates who, under their highly regarded young coach, Diego Martínez, have defied all expectations since returning to La Liga in 2019.Martínez, who tasted Europa League success as Unai Emery’s assistant at Sevilla, is a tough, pragmatic competitor and his side – with their resilience, commitment and canny organisation – reflect this.“We’ve created a big family, all together, and a team who fight from start to finish in every match,” Herrera explains. “That’s our characteristic as a team – we go to the limit, every player. We give everything in every game.“He [Martínez] is very demanding. He prepares the game very well, he gives us a lot of tools to be aware and on top of every detail in a game. He’s helped bring out a lot of my potential. It’s little details that perhaps I wasn’t so aware of and now I’m more concentrated in matches.”Herrera pays credit also to the guidance of Granada’s former Tottenham Hotspur striker, Roberto Soldado, 36 next month but revitalised in southern Spain and a scorer in both legs of the last-16 win over Molde. “The leadership of Roberto in the team is huge. He helps us a lot, especially the young players, to take the right path to improve.

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. His only time in Manchester to date was in December 2018, when he spent three weeks training with Pep Guardiola’s squad. Though, as he explains, he has not heard directly from the Catalan since then, his progress has been noted.Indeed it is believed City could potentially include him in their squad for next season, while there is also said to be interest from other Premier League clubs, notably Southampton and West Ham United who would have less difficulty than Granada in affording his reported €20m (£17.3m) fee.Remembering his brief stay in Manchester, Herrera says: “For me, it was an incredible experience. I was looking at everything, the dynamics there, and one day if I do things well, I’d like to be at a big club – be it at City or somewhere else.” In England specifically? “Yes of course, I think it’d be very exciting to do that and I’d love that. I want to play in the Premier League.”If he does, he will also bring with him lessons learned from Patrick Vieira, who was his coach at New York City. “He corrected a lot of things for me,” he recalls of the Frenchman. “I was just out of my country and had a lot of weaknesses. He said I always played very good first halves because I gave everything but then my performance dipped after 60 or 70 minutes. I’m still mindful of that.”As it happens there was a specific question to his manager in Wednesday’s press conference about the impact on Herrera of a campaign already 47 games long. A run of three straight defeats before tonight suggests this is more widely felt and Herrera responds: “The team in some games have felt it but for Thursday’s tie we couldn’t be more excited and the team won’t feel any tiredness.”It will be key to “not give [United] the space they want to run into” – that and to “go out there and fight.” With the support, no doubt, of a fair number of folk back in ‘Granadaland’, including at his parent club. “Every match they follow me closely and I’m sure they’re hoping, as I am, that we get through.”

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