Football

'We're playing with passion'

Herrera insists it's a matter of time before United get the results they deserve

LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINAL

MAN UNITED v 
WEST HAM
(Tomorrow, 3.55am, Singtel TV Ch 109 - Eleven)

Ander Herrera has welcomed the League Cup quarter-final against West Ham tomorrow morning (Singapore time) as a chance to kick-start Manchester United's season.

Following last Sunday's 1-1 draw with the Hammers at Old Trafford, United have made their worst start to a league season for 27 years with just 20 points from 13 games.

But United were dominant against the London side, for whom goalkeeper Darren Randolph was a clear Man of the Match, and midfielder Herrera is convinced they will turn the corner soon.

The Spaniard said of tomorrow morning's rematch against Slaven Bilic's men: "It's very important, every game is.

"We want to turn the luck in the next game and the next game is League Cup.

"Sunday was a very tough day for all of us, but I think they can be proud of the way we are playing and the passion we are playing with.

"It is unbelievable we are not winning games."

United will be without midfielder Paul Pogba, who got his fifth booking of the season last Sunday in the incident which led to manager Jose Mourinho being sent to the stands for the second time this season.

ANGRY ONE

Mourinho reacted angrily and kicked a water bottle after Pogba was shown a yellow card for diving, following a challenge from Mark Noble.

The United boss, who has already served one touchline ban this season, has since been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association. He has until tomorrow to respond.

There is a positive storyline in prospect for United, however, as captain Wayne Rooney goes into the game just one goal short of Sir Bobby Charlton's club record tally of 249.

Rooney, who has had to get used to being a substitute this season, could start in this game.

Herrera is not taking anything for granted, but feels United can be confident having already proved they have the measure of West Ham.

United had 17 shots to West Ham's six last Sunday and Randolph made a series of outstanding saves.

Herrera, 27, said: "West Ham are a good side, it is not easy to stop them creating chances.

"They have (Manuel) Lanzini, they have (Dimitri) Payet, they have (Michail) Antonio - they have very good players, but they just created two chances in the whole game.

"They didn't get the ball for one minute because we were the dominant team so, hopefully, on Wednesday, we can create as many chances as we did (on Sunday) and (then) normally we should win."

LIFT SPIRITS

United winger Jesse Lingard admitted that "the luck's not there at the moment" for the Red Devils, but has called on the team to lift spirits by booking a place in the League Cup semi-finals.

Lingard, who had a potential winning goal against the Hammers disallowed for offside, told MUTV: "We're playing really well, but we keep drawing.

"The performances are there - it's just (a matter of) putting the ball in the back of the net.

"It's four draws in a row with numerous chances - the luck's not there at the moment. But we have to concentrate on the game on Wednesday now."

Defender Phil Jones expects tomorrow morning's quarter-final against the same opposition to be a different encounter, but reiterated the need for United to keep creating the opportunities to score.

"We just need to stick together, keep training well and keep creating the chances, and we will get the goals," the centre back insisted.

- Wire Services.

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