Ander Herra first came to the attention of most Manchester United fans in the summer of 2013. The Spaniard was a target during David Moyes’ time in charge, and the club attempted to prise him away from Athletic Bilbao with a late bid in the transfer window only to fall foul of the Basque club’s complicated release clauses. Still, United returned for him twelve months later, with Herrera now entering his fifth season at Old Trafford after two seasons apiece under Louis van Gaal and his predecessor, Jose Mourinho.
The midfielder has won an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League in that time, and has endeared himself to the United faithful with a series of committed displays. Herrera also faces increased competition for a place in midfield after the purchase of Fred this summer, and the emergence of Andreas Pereira, but as he enters his fifth season in English football, he appears more concerned with doing his best for the club beyond anything else.
“First of all, it makes me feel very proud, because when you play for Manchester United, you have to deserve, every season, to keep playing for the club,” said Herrera in quotes carried by Manutd.com.
“I think the manager is very happy with me, the fans are very happy with me, so that makes me really proud. All the memories I have are amazing. I have been able to win trophies for the club, I have been able to play more than 160 games right now, so what I have in my mind is to go for the 200 games and keep adding games for the club and for myself
“The way the club treats me is perfect, the love the fans show for me couldn’t be better or bigger, my family is happy in Manchester, so I just try to give everything and put all my strength and effort to keep deserving to play for this club.”