Herrera compares Man Utd pre-season to busy Christmas schedule

After Manchester United was beaten 4-1 by Liverpool in an ICC game in Michigan, Ander Herrera hit out at the club's pre-season schedule.

Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera captained Manchester United in its friendly against Liverpool.   -  Getty Images

Ander Herrera feels Manchester United's pre-season campaign is so busy it is comparable to English football's notoriously tough Christmas schedule.

United went down 4-1 to rival Liverpool in an International Champions Cup clash played in front of over 100,000 fans in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

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Manager Jose Mourinho subsequently sympathised with supporters at Michigan Stadium who witnessed a makeshift United side outclassed by the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Herrera, having been left out of Spain's World Cup squad, is one of the few senior players to have been available for United's tour of the United States, which wraps up against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

United will then head to Germany to take on Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich for its sixth pre-season friendly, with Herrera left frustrated by a testing schedule that concludes with its 2018-19 Premier League bow at home to Leicester City on August 10.

"The least important thing is the result right now," the midfielder said to United's official website. "We are playing with the same players every game.

"It looks like a Christmas period to be honest rather than a pre-season, but it is what it is.

"We have to be all together, to try to have minutes in our legs, to not think too much about the results and let's try to keep improving because the most important thing is Leicester."

Fred's debut was a rare bright point for United as substitutes Sturridge and Shaqiri netted to ensure Liverpool stayed unbeaten in its own pre-season.

But Herrera dismissed the 4-1 loss to its rival as unimportant as United continue to build towards the big kick-off next month.

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"Of course it is never nice to lose. But pre-season is pre-season," Herrera added. "Everyone is giving their best, trying to help us. Even the kids, they are doing amazing, they are trying to help.

"But the difference between us and Milan, or Liverpool, is that they have 16 or 17 first-team players and we just have maybe 10. 

"We must say thanks to the kids because they are helping and giving everything, so let's try to keep improving and always focus on the first Premier League game against Leicester."

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