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Published: 09:25 | 5/4/16

Herrera confident of top four spot


Ander Herrera believes Manchester United can beat rivals Manchester City in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.

United failed to qualify for the Champions League in 2014 and a top four finish looked beyond them a few weeks ago before important wins against Arsenal and City revitalised their season.

Victory over Everton on Sunday means United are just one point behind fourth-placed City with seven games remaining and Herrera is confident they can overtake their neighbours and claim the final Champions League spot, especially with the injured players coming back.

"Man United should be every year in the Champions League. I think the last 25 or 26 years, just one time we didn't play Champions League, so we want to be there," Herrera said.

"We are Man United, we as players are obligated to fight until the end and I think we have the quality to be there.

"Man City has a bigger squad, very good players, but I think right now we can fight against them.

"We have recovered some important players for us. They are going to help us and there is a lot of experience, like Antonio (Valencia) and Ash (Young). I am optimistic.

"I think the last game we showed that we are a little bit better than them right now, in this moment. We beat them away in the Manchester derby so we can be optimistic."

United face a difficult test on Sunday when they travel to White Hart Lane to face title contenders Tottenham, but Herrera is relishing taking on Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

"When we play against top teams, I am not so worried about our performance because I think we usually do quite well against top teams," Herrera said.

"The most difficult games for us or when I am a little bit more worried is when we're not playing against top teams.

"We have now one week to train, one week to prepare for the game. It is not so usual.

"This season we have played almost every three days, so we have to prepare very good for that game because we watched the game against Liverpool.

"I think they deserved to win, they controlled the second half almost fully, so it is not going to be easy, but when we play against top teams I think we perform better."

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