Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has insisted that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is not a negative coach.
Mourinho has long been labelled a defensive manager, but Herrera has completely dismissed that notion, insisting that the Portuguese tactician plays a number of attacking players in his teams.
In fact, the United midfielder has hailed the revered manager, claiming that he 'soaks up the pressure' to allow his players to relax.
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"I find that funny [that Mourinho is considered negative]," Herrera told Spanish publication Marca, as per the London Evening Standard.
"Let's see, Mourinho played at Chelsea with Cesc [Fabregas], Willian, Oscar, [Eden] Hazard and Diego Costa. There was only [Nemanja] Matic as a defensive midfielder. That's not an attractive style of play?
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Herrera backs Mourinho
"Or at Madrid, where his side scored a record amount of goals in one year?
"And aside from that he is a coach who soaks up the pressure on the players, someone who prefers to take the heat so that his players can be relaxed.
"I only know that his Chelsea, with all the difficulty that comes with it, won the Premier League last season with four weeks to spare."
Mourinho, of course, has been heavily linked with the top job at Old Trafford recently, but Herrera failed to really get involved in the debate as to whether the ex-Chelsea man should replace Louis van Gaal at the helm.
The Spanish midfielder continued by saying: "Then, and this is the other thing, Van Gaal has a year of his contract left and could continue. Why not? But it doesn't seem to me that Mourinho is a defensive coach. If you compare him to [Rayo Vallecano coach] Paco Jemez then yes, but not in essence. I've seen his Chelsea side play well."
Ultimately, Herrera is clearly a fan of Mourinho. You certainly wouldn't blame the midfielder for wanting a change of manager at this stage.
Things have been slightly up and down for Herrera since he arrived in Manchester. He has failed to take his place in the United starting XI time-and-time again over the last 18-months, so perhaps the potential arrival of Mourinho would help him come to prominence at the Theatre of Dreams.
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