United midfielder says team lacked passion in shock defeat

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has claimed that his team did not match Huddersfield Town’s passion during Saturday’s Premier League clash.

United entered the match at the John Smith’s Stadium having won six and drawn two of their eight Premier League games at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

However, first-half goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre proved enough for the Terriers to record their first ever Premier League win over United.

Herrera, who started once again due to the absences of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, has admitted that his team lacked aggression as they suffered their first defeat since losing to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in August.

Herrera told MUTV:

“It was a very tough day because we had a big chance to keep winning games. We didn’t do it. They were more aggressive in the first half and played with more passion in the first 30-35 minutes.

“After that, we came back into the game well and tried to play side to side. We put in a lot of crosses but, when you’re losing 2-0 against such a passionate team, it’s not easy to equal the game.

“But we now have to analyse why we lost. We cannot concede what we did in the first 30-35 minutes and this is the Premier League, it’s not easy.”

United will look to return to winning ways when they travel to Swansea City in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night.

Jose Mourinho’s side will then welcome Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League next weekend, before looking to secure qualification for the knockout round of the Champions League at home to Benfica on October 31.