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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera: Liverpool will have to fight

MANCHESTER -- Ander Herrera has warned Liverpool that they will have to "fight" to progress in the Europa League despite their 2-0 lead over Manchester United from the first leg at Anfield.

United midfielder Herrera highlighted the club's impressive record against Liverpool at Old Trafford under manager Louis van Gaal, with 3-0 and 3-1 wins in their two previous meetings.

The 26-year-old said it was his "dream" to see the home fans celebrating a dramatic comeback on Thursday.

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And he told a prematch news conference: "We have played against them four times this season, and the two times at home we were better than them.

"We have good examples of how to play against them and, at home, we feel stronger. We have more fans and the capacity of the team is bigger.

"We cannot go crazy. We have to score the first goal and not concede. It's very important that we don't concede, because we are going to create chances.

"We are Manchester United and, if they want to go to the next round, they have to fight a lot."

Asked about the commitment of the United players, Herrera said: "We always fight and have the desire to win, but every game is different.

"You can never say we don't want to win or fight. Everyone has to respect us on that issue.

"Yes, we have to play much better -- and we have the chance tomorrow. When you lose, you should not think about the past, just about the next game and to put it right."

He added that United "are ready" for the challenge of overturning the deficit against Jurgen Klopp's side and said: "We want to make the fans proud and happy.

"We know how happy they will be and they have travelled a long way to support us. It's a big opportunity to give to them. That's our dream and intention."

Arindam is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @ARejSport.

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