Ryan Giggs' pep talk before Yeovil Town game helped Manchester United: Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera has revealed that Manchester United legend and current assistant manager Ryan Giggs gave the team a pep talk two days before they took the field against Yeovil Town on Sunday. The Red Devils beat Yeovil 2-0 courtesy goals from Herrera and Angel Di Maria. They next face Cambridge United in the fourth round.
During a decorated playing career at the club, Giggs was part of four FA Cup wins and also featured in United’s loss in the two finals in 2005 and 2007. The Red Devils last won the tournament in 2004, when they beat Millwall in the final.
"Of course, Ryan Giggs said to us two days ago that we should not be [over] 10 years without this title," Herrera told MUTV.
"Of course we are going to try to win, even though we know it will be very difficult. All the teams in England are ready to win this competition but, of course, we are Manchester United and we have to try to win this competition," he added.
The 25-year-old Spaniard said that despite the win, his side could have played a lot better in the first 45 minutes of the game. “We are happy, of course, because we won [against Yeovil], but I think we could have done it better in the first-half," Herrera said.
"Then, in the second half, we tried to give the ball more and be more patient. Of course, we are happy about the FA Cup which is, as I said before, a very, very emotional tournament," he added.
Wanted to catch the goalkeeper off-guard: Herrera
Herrera opened the scoring for United in the 64th minute with a wonderfully taken goal. Explaining his goal, he said that he took a quick, hard shot on goal as he wanted to startle Yeovil goalkeeper Jed Steer.
"I think Fletch [Darren Fletcher] tried to play with Juan [Mata] between the lines, and then it was for me with the bounce," Herrera explained.
"I tried to turn and shoot as soon as soon as possible because I knew the goalkeeper was maybe distracted. It was a very good goal and I am very happy. I hope to score more and always help the team," he added.