Herrera calls on Man United team-mate Lingard to shoot on sight

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Shoot on sight: Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard

Ander Herrera has encouraged Manchester United team-mate Jesse Lingard to adopt a shoot-on-sight policy while his purple patch continues.

England international Lingard reached double figures for the season by crashing home his seventh goal in nine games to cap a 2-0 victory over Everton on New Year’s Day.

Among United’s players only Romelu Lukaku has scored more times this term than Lingard, who managed just a single goal in the Premier League last campaign but has flourished over the past five weeks.

His unstoppable attempt against the Toffees, which was blasted beyond Jordan Pickford, was indicative of a man brimming with confidence and colleague Herrera wants Lingard to carry on trying his luck.

“It’s fantastic – when you are like that he has to keep trying to shoot, shoot, shoot,” the Spaniard said.

“I am not in that moment! I shot three times and I didn’t score but I will keep looking for that moment.

“Jesse has it now. He has to keep trying to shoot but the movements he does for the team are also amazing.

“He’s very quick at the moment as well. No one can catch him. We are happy for him.

“He wants to improve, he wants to be a fantastic player. You can see in every training session and he’s showing it in the games.”

Herrera was also impressed by the United players able to thrive in unfamiliar positions at Goodison Park, where a 2-0 victory for the visitors ended a four-game winless streak over the Christmas period.

Without injured pair Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial was switched inside from his usual wing position while central defender Victor Lindelof filled in at right-back.

“I think Anthony was fantastic as well,” Herrera added.

“He hasn’t played as a striker for a long time and he did fantastic. Juan (Mata), also as a midfielder coming to help us, Victor, out of position, did amazing. They are very good things we can take out of the game.”

The victory moved United back into second, although the gap to leaders Manchester City remains enormous.

Yet Herrera is concerned with ensuring United maintain their spot as City’s nearest challengers as fourth-placed Liverpool, who are now unbeaten in 16 games, and Chelsea are also firmly in the hunt.

“I think we played a fantastic game and we can be very happy,” Herrera said of the Everton performance.

“This is the way we have to face every game, it’s going to be a very tough battle to try to keep the second place. We will go for it.”

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Sergio Aguero wants Man City stay but says club will decide his future

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Here to stay: Man City striker Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero insists he wants to stay at Manchester City until his contract expires in 2020 – but says the club will make the decision.

There has been recurring uncertainty over Aguero’s future since Pep Guardiola took charge as manager in 2016, despite repeated assurances from the club he will not be leaving.

In December reports emerged from the club claiming Guardiola was pleased with the striker and determined to keep him, having been impressed with his workrate and determination to adapt to his methods.

But that did not prevent conflicting stories emerging suggesting the Argentinian, who became City’s record goalscorer this season, was unhappy about not always starting and was inclined to push for an exit.

Asked about this after scoring in City’s 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday, Aguero told reporters: “I have until 2020, I think.

“The truth is that I hope to see out my contract and I’ll try to do my best from here until the end of the season, and after that we will see what happens with me.”

Asked further if he wanted to stay, the 29-year-old said: “For me, yes. Obviously my plan is not to change clubs.

“The truth is I’m very happy here but, as always, as I said before, the club has the last word.

“They’re the only ones who decide, because obviously the club is the one who makes the decisions, they are the ones who say you have to go or have to stay, so I’ll respect whatever they tell me.”

Aguero also said “everything’s fine” when asked about his relationship with Guardiola.

Aguero, who joined City in 2011, overtook Eric Brook’s 78-year-old record to become City’s leading goalscorer in November. He has since scored seven more to take his City tally to 185.

When asked about Aguero in December, Guardiola maintained his stance that the player would be allowed to stay as long as he wanted.

He said: “He is a legend. He will decide absolutely everything about his life and his future. I’m delighted to have him here.”

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Guardiola fears festive fixtures will "kill players" as De Bruyne produces masterclass

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Artists: Kevin De Bruyne and Pep Guardiola

Raheem Sterling scored after just 38 seconds as Manchester City roared back to winning ways at the expense of Watford on Tuesday.

Kevin De Bruyne also delivered a masterful performance just two days after being carried off at Crystal Palace – but manager Pep Guardiola later said the festive schedule was “going to kill” players.

City’s comfortable 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium restored a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League and saw them back to winning ways after the rare ‘blip’ of a goalless draw at Selhurst Park.

The result never seemed in doubt after Sterling’s 18th goal of the season – the quickest scored in the top flight this season – with Christian Kabasele putting through his own net soon after and Sergio Aguero netting in the second half.

Guardiola, however, was most concerned about his players’ welfare after an intense programme of four games in 11 days.

De Bruyne may have escaped serious injury but striker Gabriel Jesus is facing between four and six weeks out with a knee problem and Kyle Walker suffered a knock late in the game.

Guardiola said: “We are going to kill them. I think the federation (Football Association) have to reflect.

“Here in England, we don’t protect the players and that is a big mistake.

“You have to look for the quality, not the quantity. You can play every three, four or five days but not play every two days. It is not basketball, it is not tennis. The players need recovery.

“But it doesn’t matter. The show must go on. I don’t think anything is going to happen because the tradition is the tradition but just think a little bit about the players, please. They are artists.”

David Silva was also influential on his return to the side after missing four of the previous five games for personal reasons.

Guardiola said the issue has been of a family nature and he may have to miss more games because of it.

He said: “He’s free to stay or leave, it depends. He wants to stay because he enjoys it a lot but family is the most important thing in life.

“It doesn’t matter if we drop a lot of points because he is not here. I will never push him. Some days he will be here, some he will be out, it depends how his family is.”

City showed they meant business after Palace ended their record-breaking 18-game winning streak with Sterling’s early goal but they won at a canter. Watford, thrashed 6-0 by City in September, could only muster a late consolation from Andre Gray.

Guardiola said: “We played an amazing performance, we scored a goal, we could score more. I think the team showed a lot of good things. It means a lot for us.”

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