Ander Herrera believes he is not ready to become a captain at Manchester United at this moment in his career.
The 27-year-old was quick to become a fan favourite at Old Trafford since his move from Athletic Bilbao in 2014 for £29m.
And although he wasn’t able to initially cement his place in the first-team, he’s been incredible under Jose Mourinho and was named the supporters’ United Player of the Year this week following his stunning performances.
Speaking about his role in the team, Herrera claims he’s not ready to wear the armband at the moment.
“I am very thankful when I hear that from the fans but, we say in Spain, they are massive words,” he said.
“It is a list of amazing players and legends of the club. I prefer to keep calm and to keep my mind calm because I feel that I still have to do more for the club.
“I still have to win things for the club to deserve that. So I will keep calm. We also have some experienced players on the team who have been here longer like Chris Smalling, David De Gea, also Juan Mata came before me.
“So I am thankful to the fans for thinking that about me but I don’t want to think about it yet.
“To finish your career in this club you have to perform every season and it’s not so easy.
“I think a lot of players have the quality to make a very good season but the most difficult thing is the consistency. I am still 27.
“Hopefully one day you can compare me with legends of the club but you cannot do it yet. I have to perform for a long time for the biggest and the greatest club in England so it’s not so easy.”
Whether he thinks it or not, Herrera is a captain at United and it’s only a matter of time before he’s regularly leading the team out.
He’s a brilliant player and there’s no doubting the fact that there’s a massive future ahead underneath Mourinho.