With Wayne Rooney seemingly on the way out of Old Trafford and Michael Garrick expected to play even less next season, a section of the United faithfuls have called for the captain’s armband to be given to 27 year old Spaniard, Ander Herrera. The former Athletic Bilbao man is flattered but believes that as of now, he has done nothing yet to prove he deserves to be held in the same regard as the likes of Rooney, Vidic, Keane and Giggs.
Speaking to ESPN, he said, “I am very thankful when I hear from the fans but, we say in Spain, they are massive words,” the captains of this club are legends.
“The current one is Wayne Rooney but also Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic.” “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.” he added.
Herrera, who was reportedly disillusioned with life at Old Trafford under Louis Van Gaal has gone from strength to strength this season, winning over fans with his tenacious style of play which has endeared him to the fans on the terraces of the Theatre of Dreams. He recently won the Player of the Year Award at the club’s end-of-season awards and was widely praised for the way he handled Eden Hazard in United’s 2-0 win over the champions last month.
United face Ajax in Stockholm on Wednesday in the Europa League Final knowing that a win will guarantee Champions League qualification for next season.