Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is looking forward to being part of a Champions League side next year after a successful first season at Old Trafford.
Having joined from Athletic Bilbao last summer, the Spaniard scored a career high eight goals in all competitions and earned comparisons to United legend Paul Scholes as a consequence.
Hailed as United’s best summer signing by some, the 25-year-old had to adapt quickly to life in the Premier League and was part of the United team who lost to Swansea City on the opening day of the season.
Over the course of the year, United managed to recover and achieve the season objective of finishing in the top four and Herrera played a key role in that. Now, he’ll be looking to do that next season.
“It’s been a complicated season for the club,” Herrera said.
“We could say that it’s been one of transition, because we started out with a new manager and lots of new players.
“We’ve still got lots of work ahead of us at a group level, but I think we’ve shown examples that we can be competitive.
“I love football and I’ve been fortunate enough to play for Athletic Club Bilbao and Manchester United. Both are unique and very important in this world. They share unique traditions, incredible fans and the desire to play good football. I feel I’m a very fortunate person.”
Herrera feels fortunate to play for United and the fans feel fortunate to have him as a player.
His endearing nature has helped make him a firm fans’ favourite and everybody is desperate for him to build on last season and progress well at the club.
Now that he has a full season under his belt, Herrera will feel more settled at United so next year should see him improve even more.