Ander Herrera: I want to play at Man United for eight or nine seasons

by Leo Nieboer

Ander Herrera has expressed his desire to play at Manchester United for eight or nine seasons.

The Spaniard has struggled to earn a frequent spot in Man United’s starting XI since coming to Old Trafford in 2014.

However, a series of rip-roaring performances under Jose Mourinho has led to the 27-year-old’s first ever call-up to the Spanish national side.

Speaking to, Herrera listed a number of long-term United players and stated his goal of playing at Old Trafford for a number of years.

“I cannot forget Wayne [Rooney] as well. He’s a top player. Michael Carrick as well. We can’t forget Michael, Wayne, Ashley Young… they all train hard every day. They are examples for us,” he said.

“When I was not at a top team I used to admire these kinds of players. I wanted to be like one of them one day, to be at Manchester United for eight or nine seasons, but it is not easy. You always have to work hard.”

Herrera’s commitment to the cause and manifest love for the United badge is, above anything, his most admirable quality, and it shines through whenever he steps onto the pitch.

The Spaniard possesses a wondrous mixture of technical bravado and sheer tenacity, like a rodeo bull that can tie shoelaces. A rare blend, and one that characterises his approach in midfield. Placed in defensive midfield, with Paul Pogba and Juan Mata ahead of him, Herrera masters the game’s ugly side whilst simultaneously providing attacking impetus.

His call up to the national side is well deserved and undoubtedly overdue. United fans will, no doubt, hope he remains injury free with a trip to Anfield lingering on the horizon.

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