What an end to an excellent season for Manchester United Football Club. Watching our idols lift a European trophy for the first time in over a decade was a joyous moment, and it certainly feels like the Red Devils are a side on the rise.
As with every team, there are those players who, sometimes, just don’t get enough credit for the hard work and graft that they put in. In his latest column, Jamie Redknapp has singled out Ander Herrera for such praise.
The Basque-born midfielder has been a fan favourite ever since his arrival from Athletic Club, and given a regular run in the side by the manager, we’ve been treated to some absolutely glorious performances from the man we all love.
‘Ander Herrera has almost become the teacher’s pet at Old Trafford,’ Jamie Redknapp told the Daily Mail.
‘Throughout his career, Jose Mourinho has had players who are masters of the dark arts such as Didier Drogba at Chelsea and Pepe at Real Madrid.’
‘Now we’re seeing similar trouble-making from Herrera — whether it’s diving, provoking players or trying to get an opponent sent off.
‘But for all his gamesmanship Herrera is still a workhorse in midfield. He has had a fine campaign and is United’s unsung hero.’
Time and time again this season, Herrera has been the man to stand up when the going got tough. He’s been a weapon offensively with his great running and deadly through balls. Also, who can forget that absolute man-marking masterclass he did on Eden Hazard at Old Trafford?
What’s more than that is he just understands this football club down to a tee. He’s a rare breed in the sense that very few overseas footballers ‘get’ Manchester United’s traditions. In my opinion, he’s a future captain of this club and if Wayne Rooney leaves, I wouldn’t mind seeing that happen this season.