As we all know, Ander Herrera was named Manchester United’s Player of the Year yesterday evening, and rightly so. The brilliant Basque has epitomised our club this term, with his on-field passion, aggression and sheer genius at times. We’re super lucky to call him one of our own.
After he collected his trophy, handed to him by his buddy David de Gea, Herrera spoke to Andy Goldstein and Helen Evans exclusively with MUTV. As you’d imagine, our midfield maestro was absolutely ecstatic after winning such a prestigious honour at a huge club.
“It’s an amazing feeling. As I said before on stage, when you see the list of the winners of this award, it’s amazing. They are top players and now I am part of the list so I am very happy.” Herrera is quoted as saying.
Then, he was asked about his brilliant rapport with the Old Trafford crowd, who absolutely adore him:
“When I first came to the club, I didn’t expect what is happening now. The first thing I put in my mind was that I had to give everything to the club and that’s what I do. I can play better sometimes, I can play worse at other times. What I cannot do is stop. I just try to work, I try to give everything when I am on the pitch and I’m very thankful for this award.”
Herrera is one of a rare breed. Not many overseas players ‘get’ the traditions and beliefs of Manchester United Football Club. The only one I’d say who understands it more is Patrice Evra, but Ander is right at that level.
Watching him rot on the bench last season was hard for us all, but to see him stick it out and bounce back in such unbelievable manner is truly credit to his character.
I’m definitely of the opinion that the 27-year-old is one of the best midfielders in the country at the moment. Not many have his energy levels and work rate whilst being such a weapon offensively and defensively.
To call him one of our own, and our Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year is an honour.