Ander Herrera has made it clear that he will be ready whenever called upon by Jose Mourinho this season.
The Spaniard, who claimed the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award last season, has had a surprisingly muted start to the 2017/18 campaign.
He was not in the starting XI for Manchester United’s first three games of the Premier League campaign and failed to impress supporters with his performance against Stoke City on Saturday.
But Herrera, looking ahead to the clash with Basel, was quick to note that he will be ready to give everything when Mourinho needs him throughout the campaign.
“I am always ready to play,” he said. “I always say the same.
“I am a team player and when the manager needs me, I will be there and that’s it. In football, there are no surprises.”
There aren’t many players who truly ‘get’ what it means to be a United player but Herrera, irrespective of his performances, is unmistakably one of them.
Any player making their way through the ranks, whether as a youngster or fringe player at a big side, should draw inspiration from the 28-year-old’s attitude: expect nothing, give everything, and don’t complain if things don’t go your way.