Ander Herrera knows exactly how much it means to play for Manchester United and endeared himself further to fans with some heartfelt comments after beating Man City at Old Trafford.
Herrera was Man United’s standout player for me against City just like he was away to Liverpool. His energy levels and tenacity to win the game helped drag United’s performance upwards and he drove us forwards to the win, ultimately playing a crucial role in Juan Mata‘s goal by pressing high to force City into a mistake and barging Fernando out of the way before Mata’s finish.
Ever since Herrera arrived at United he’s had a smile on his face and one thing is becoming abundantly clear – Herrera has fantastic captain material.
“I like these games,” Ander said after the full-time whistle.
“When you are a Manchester United player and you know the history of this club, you have to respect the games that are for the fans.
“I feel it like them. I know I am not English and I am not from Manchester, but I really love this club and I have enjoyed my time here. I don’t want to be just one more player. I want to show that I am very happy here and I want to be here for as long as possible.”
Great feelings today, the derby is for us ???????? pic.twitter.com/sn4eNhxZws
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) October 26, 2016
When further questioned on the fans’ support, Herrera added: “It didn’t surprise me. I have had bad moments here. Last season we lost two or three games in a row before having Chelsea at home and the atmosphere was one of the best. Man United fans are always with the team and not every team can say that.”
I love Herrera just as much as he loves being at United. It feels like a long time since I’ve had that affection for a player who isn’t from Manchester but it’s growing with every performance this season from Herrera. At a time where players have been dragging their heels, Herrera has been biting at the opponents heels instead and that tenacity has had a galvanising influence on our team.
Jose Mourinho is clearly a real fan of Herrera and I expected him to thrive under the Portuguese boss because he’s a player who suits Jose’s style but it doesn’t make it any less wonderful to see the progress Herrera has made in becoming an influential player at the club.
Since he joined from Bilbao, Herrera has had to deal with a lot of cold shoulders at United but Louis van Gaal is gone and Herrera is becoming one of our most important players. If that ends up with him wearing the armband when Wayne Rooney leaves, then I’ll be all for it.