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Herrera proud to wear captain's armband for Manchester United

Manchester United’s Ander Herrera certainly doesn’t seem to be letting the recent capture of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred get in the way of his career at the club. The Spaniard, who signed from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2014 saw his opportunities in midfield dwindle slightly after the capture of Nemanja Matic a year ago, and the Brazilian’s arrival alongside Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay emerging as first team candidates has certainly made the midfield position quite crowded.

But Herrera appears to remain a part of Jose Mourinho’s plans at United, and captained the side that beat Real Madrid 2-1 in Miami on Tuesday night.

“Of course I am really proud because it is not easy to be a Manchester United captain, first of all because it is not easy to stay at the club for a long time,” said Herrera to MUTV. “So I am really proud to have been the Manchester United captain. But even if I am not the captain, I am proud anyway. As soon as I represent this club, I feel proud and I always give my best.

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“When you have the armband, it is even nicer, but I try my best anyway.”

Herrera also reserved praise for the youngsters that have accompanied the first team on this summer’s tour, due to the lack of available first teamers.

“Not intense in terms of minutes because they haven’t played too much, but every training session they have learned a lot. They have had the opportunity to learn from Jose Mourinho and Michael Carrick, plus the other coaches. It was a big opportunity for them. They know what professional football is, they will keep improving in their teams and with the possibility to come with us to help. I want to say ‘thank you’ to them because they have been amazing with us, helping in every training session. I think Manchester United fans can be really calm and assured that these kids will one day kick us out, because they have the quality to do it.”

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.