Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has stated that he already feels at home at the Old Trafford club, after only being there for a few months, signing from Athletic Bilbao for €36 million in the summer. The midfielder is currently on the sidelines with many other players after fracturing a rib against West Ham United little over a week ago. According to reports, he will be available for the visit to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion a week on Monday, which is good news, if true.
Herrera has recently sat down with the official Manchester United website for an interview. He said:
“I always had a lot of respect for United. I knew that it was one of the best clubs in the world and one of the most recognised and most followed – I saw the statistics for that. It’s a dream for me to be here but I have to work very hard if I want to be an important player at this great club.
“I have really enjoyed things and I am very happy, and I now understand how big the club is. In America on tour there were a lot of people supporting us and now in Manchester, when we play at Old Trafford and you see fans around the city, I understand even more.”
The United midfielder has said that he was only really influenced into football because of his father, who played for UD Salamanca, Real Zaragoza and Celta de Vigo in the La Liga where he played 174 matches and scoring 21 goals and then eventually retired due a serious knee injury at the age of 30. Herrera continued by saying:
“After he finished playing he worked at Real Zaragoza as a scout. I always watched a lot of games with him and we talked about football and the best players in the world [when I was growing up]. He is one of the reasons why I love football.”
Herrera is another summer signing who was right for the club. The interest during the summer of 2013 was great, but the failure to secure the player and the Three Stooges apparently representing the club was a bit embarrassing, but so was the whole of last season! Normal service is starting to resume and with injuries slowly being sorted out, it may not be long before we see what a Louis van Gaal side can actually do in the Barclays Premier League.