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    Ander Herrera recalls vow to ‘follow Eden Hazard to the toilet’ for famous duel

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    Ander Herrera has discussed the time he man-marked then-Chelsea star Eden Hazard for Manchester United and vowed to ‘follow him to the toilet’ if he had to.

    Herrera had a successful five-year spell at Old Trafford between 2014 and 2019, making nearly 200 appearances and scoring 20 goals.

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    One of those goals came in a 2-0 win over Chelsea in 2017, although he was given another specific job that day by the then-Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho.

    “At that time, Hazard was the best player in the league, with the best stats and everything,” Herrera told the Utd Podcast.

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    “Chelsea were on fire, and Mourinho decided that I was the man to stop him.

    “Two days before [the match], I said: ‘I’m going to try my best. Even if he goes to the toilet, I will follow him‘.”

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    Herrera, who is spending the season back on loan at former club Athletic Club from Paris Saint-Germain, also picked up the assist on the other goal that day, while Hazard was completely nullified.

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    But he says the most important thing was, and always will be, the success of the team – even if the individual acclaim is nice too.

    “It was funny because I had a defensive role at that time, and I gave an assist, and I scored a goal,” Herrera said. “And Hazard didn’t do too much at that time, so it was funny.

    “I am a team player. I am ready to help the team and, at that time, Mourinho asked me to do that and I did it and, if tomorrow, I have to do it here in Bilbao, I will do it again.

    “I want to finish my career with the feeling that I have done everything that I have done in my hands to help my team, my coach and my team-mates.”

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