Ander Herrera Agüera is a professional footballer from Spain, born on 14th August 1989 in the city of Bilbao. Herrera plays as a midfielder and is currently associated with English Premier League giants Manchester United.
Herrera began his career with Real Zaragoza, a Spanish team that plays in Segunda division. His father Pedro Maria was also a footballer who played for the same club. Thus, Herrera received complete support from his family to pursue a career in football.
He made his professional club debut in the 2008-09 season and played a key part in the team’s promotion to La Liga.
The midfielder kept improving as he became one of the most used players by Real Zaragoza over the next two years. His presence on the field ensured that the team maintained its top flight status in 2009-10 season.
Ander Herrera received his first senior cap on 15th November 2016 against England at Wembley. Herrera came in the field in the second half as a substitute and the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Earlier, Herrera had represented the Spain U20 and U21 side. He was a part of the squad that won the 2009 Mediterranean Games. In the 2011 European Championship, Herrera netted two goals which saw Spain winning the coveted title.
Herrera was with Real Zaragoza for three years until 2011 after which he moved to Athletic Bilbao. He made 94 appearances and scored seven goals for his team. During his association with the club, Athletic Bilbao reached the finals of Copa Del Rey and Europa League in the 2011-12 season. The midfielder signed for Manchester United in 2014 and has made 103 appearances since then and has scored 10 goals.
Rise to Glory
Herrera has often been compared to former United Legend Paul Scholes due to his style of play. He is considered to be the best signing for Manchester United in the 2014 Summer transfer window.
The Spaniard became an integral part of the United midfield by 2016. He was scoring goals and providing a good link between the back line and forwards. Herrera played a key role in the 2016 FA Cup that was won by Manchester United who beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the finals.
Herrera’s best moment of his career came on the 18th of May, 2017, when he was presented with the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award.