Ander Herrera insists Manchester United are making good strides under Jose Mourinho, despite the club’s failure to secure a trophy this season.
United, who won the Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield in the Portuguese’s first campaign in charge, lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
Mourinho, despite a disappointing Champions League last-16 exit to Sevilla and shock Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Bristol City, has overseen a revival in fortunes in the Premier League – United finished second this term after a sixth-place finish last year.
According to Skysports, Herrera has one year left on his contract and played in 26 Premier League fixtures this season but was unable to prevent neighbours Manchester City storm to the league title, with five games to spare.
“I think we are going in the right way,” Herrera, who was bidding for a fifth title with the club, said.
“This season, we cannot take credit out from what City have done because they deserve to be champions and they have been almost perfect this season, or perfect.
“I think we have to keep going in this way. I think we are doing things right and try to be back playing finals.
“I think I’ve been here already four seasons and I have played a lot of finals here, which is very good.
“This club is about trophies but first of all to win trophies you have to play finals and I think we are doing that.”
Pep Guardiola led City to a Premier League and Carabao Cup double in his second season in charge at the Etihad and Herrera describes their neighbours’ season as “perfect”, while bemoaning defeats to all three promoted sides.
“In a normal Premier League season we should have been fighting for the title with the amount of points we had,” Herrera added.
“But City did perfect, so the only thing we can do is try to do the same next season.
“[We need to] try to not make some mistakes that we made this season, [there were] some games that we should have won against teams that – with all my respect for those teams – we should have beat.
“As I told you, keep fighting for titles, keep coming to Wembley, hopefully, and that’s all we can do.”