Ander Herrera: Manchester United's performance against Chelsea was 'almost perfect'

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Ander Herrera believes Manchester United's performance in their 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday was "almost perfect" although the midfielder denied handling the ball in the build-up to the Red Devils' opener.

Herrera appeared to control the ball with his arm before he delivered a superb pass to Marcus Rashford, who outpaced David Luiz and fired past Asmir Begovic in the seventh minute.

Herrera then proved crucial just four minutes after the re-start when he latched onto a loose ball and drove in a low shot that deflected off Kurt Zouma to double United's advantage and secure a 2-0 victory.

The result saw Chelsea's lead at the top of the table cut to just four points while United remain on course to secure a top-four spot as they now trail Manchester City by four points - and have a game in hand over their rivals.

After the match, Herrera insisted United deserved to beat Chelsea but emphasised that he did not intend to touch the ball with his arm after intercepting Nemanja Matic's pass.

"There are always some things to improve, but it was almost perfect. They didn't have any chances," Herrera told Sky Sports.

"I have been looking for a goal for a long time. Today I was a bit lucky, but I think we deserved this."

Strike: Ander Herrera doubles Manchester United's advantage at Old Trafford (Getty Images)

When then asked about the handball incident, he replied: "I didn't want to touch the ball with the hand.

"I was running with my hand next to my body. If your hand is in a natural position it is not a handball."

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