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Ander Herrera explains his Old Trafford red card

Herrera saw red against Burnley
Herrera saw red against Burnley

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted he didn't want to make either of the challenges that resulted in his picking up his first Premier League red card against Burnley on Saturday.

Herrera was dismissed by referee Mark Clattenburg after he was deemed him guilty of two yellow-card offences.

"Two fouls in the game," he said of his two yellow cards. "Both of them I didn't want to make.

"The first yellow card I bent my knees, I didn't want to kick the opponent.

"The second, I slid in. But I don't want to complain because I don't want to be banned for more games.

"The only thing I can say is that I didn't want to make those fouls. I am not a violent player. I slipped."

Herrera will miss United's final Premier League match before the international break at Swansea next Sunday, which comes after a testing Europa League clash in Istanbul against Fenerbahce.

The trip to Turkey is the latest chance to kick-start an inconsistent campaign that the Spaniard believes could yet end in glory.

"We want to fight for everything. We want to fight for the championship," Herrera said.

"We have lost four points that we should have won easily. But this is football and this is the Premier League."

Herrera says "both draws felt like defeats" yet remains confident United are going in the right direction, even if fortune is seemingly not on their side.

"The dressing room was completely disappointed because of the way we played," he said. "Four points we deserved to get easily, Stoke and Burnley.

"Today there are no words. I think we have to get the heads up because we have done a lot of good things.

"But it's very, very hard to go home now and I am not going to be able to sleep, for sure, because I am going to have those missed chances playing around in my head."

Herrera looked drained after a galling result that saw United slip eight points off the lead.

"Unbelievable," he said, puffing out his cheeks. "I was talking with Juan (Mata) and we both agreed we never have left something like that on the pitch and not got a result.

"We controlled the game for 90 minutes. Not to score a goal was unbelievable.

"We have the luck against us right now but we have to keep playing like we did here and against Stoke and hopefully one day we can get a fair result - 5-0 or 6-0."