Cape Town - Ander
Herrera believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contribution to Manchester
United's Europa League campaign is not over, despite being sidelined for
The Red Devils midfielder says that his influential team-mate's
presence on the sidelines at the Europa League final against his former
club, Ajax Amsterdam, will be enough to spur his side on to victory.
Ibrahimovic, who recently returned to the club's training complex
after undergoing knee ligament surgery, will be travelling to the
Friends Arena to support his colleagues in their quest for the club's
third trophy of the 2016/17 season.
The lack of experience in Jose Mourinho's side is something of a
concern ahead of the fixture, but Herrera feels that the presence of
legendary Swede will go a long way towards giving the side enough
confidence to lift the trophy.
"I always say this is a team sport, we are a team," Herrera told
reporters. "The reason we have won two titles (Community Shield and EFL
Cup) this season is because everyone has been there, working, helping.
This final is for everyone.
"Of course 11 players will be on the pitch but everyone is ready to
help and push for their team-mates. So, if we win it, it will be for
everyone. Everyone has been part of this.
"Zlatan and Ash (Ashley Young) have very good experience. We need everyone.
"When you want to win a European trophy and you want to make a good
season, it is not only on the pitch, you need help from the outside.
Zlatan is here to help, Ash is also here to help. We are a team who is
together. Everyone is important," the Spain international added.
Upon sustaining the injury there was much speculation that
Ibrahimovic would consider bowing out of football, given its severity
and his advanced age. However, Herrera is convinced that the 35-year old
still has enough motivation and quality to keep scoring at the highest
"He is with us, he is supporting us," he added. "I think he is very
good. He is optimistic. He is 100% sure he will be back because
he cannot stop winning.
"He cannot stop scoring. For sure, he will be back at the best."