Ander Herrera hoping to emulate Paul Scholes at Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Ander Herrera has revealed he hopes to emulate Manchester United legend Paul Scholes’ feats at the club and follow in his footsteps.

The Spaniard has been in and out the team for Man United but has scored twice in their last two matches, taking his tally to five goals in 18 games this season.

Herrera looks to have finally been given a chance by Louis van Gaal and is showing the form that convinced United to part with £29m for him last summer.

Despite being early into his career at United Herrera says he wants to match Scholes’ accomplishments at the club.

Speaking about Scholes, Herrera said: “Paul Scholes is maybe the biggest midfielder in the United history.

“Yes. I want to be Ander Herrera, I want to learn things from Paul Scholes, things from Michael Carrick, things from Wayne Rooney.

“I wish one day I can be so important for the fans, but I have to work very, very hard for that.

“But, I think I am 25 years old, I have to learn a lot from my team-mates, from great players like Paul Scholes and I want to learn.”

Herrera has a long way to go to measure up to Scholes, who retired for the second time in 2013. The 40-year-old made 718 appearances for United behind only Ryan Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton and scored 155 goals. As far as midfielders go, there aren’t many (any) who can match up to him, so if Herrera can even be half the player that the ginger genius was, it would be good going.

After a difficult start to life at Old Trafford it appears that Herrera is finding form and consistency in the starting XI. With important strikes against Yeovil Town and Preston North End under his belt Herrera will be looking to push on as United head into the tail end of the season.

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