Ander Herrera recounts how Mourinho devised plans to stop Hazard during clash

Ander Herrera recounts how Mourinho devised plans to stop Hazard during clash

- Ander Herrera enjoyed some quality time under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford

- The Spaniard played under the Portuguese boss before joining PSG last summer

- Herrera revealed that he and Jose planned to stop Hazard whenever Man United played Chelsea

Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera recalls how he and Jose Mourinho planned to stop Eden Hazard from shining when they faced Chelsea during their time at Old Trafford.

The Spaniard who joined Paris Saint Germain as a free agent on a five-year deal last summer enjoyed some level of playing time under the Portuguese boss.

Part of his major task was to ensure Hazard was useless when the Red Devils face off with the Blues and the 30-year-old has admitted that it was Jose's plans.

One of their meetings in 2017 saw Herrera score and assist in a 2-0 win over Antonio Conte’s side with the Belgian completely ostracised in the game.

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Jose and I both knew Hazard was the best player, by far, in the Premier League at the time, so if we wanted to win that game, we needed him not to touch the ball, or at least as little as possible,” Herrera told The Athletic.

That’s what we agreed. I said, ‘Jose, I am ready if you need me to man-mark him, to follow him everywhere. If he wants to go to the bathroom, I will go with him because I want to win the game’.

The most important thing in football is that my team wins because then I go to sleep happy.

It does not matter what you have to do, as long as you respect the rules and don’t do anything illegal.”

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Hazard continued: “We were playing very well,” Herrera recalls. “We lost 1-0 but we had control of the game.

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Hazard was not playing really good that day. In a very strange decision by the referee, he sent me off around the halfway line. It was not even a violent foul.

It was a normal foul; one of those you have 20 or 25 of in every game. But we knew after that game we did something good and we were going to get it right.” earlier reported that Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has urged his players to push their sentiments behind and get ready to return to football action this month.

The Premier League has been on suspension since the middle of March due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

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Spurs' boss was quoted to have expressed worries about some players getting injured owing to the rush attached to the resumption for the campaign later this month.

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