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Ander Herrera celebrates a goal against Aston Villa at Old Trafford

Player of the Week - Ander Herrera

Player of the Week - Ander Herrera

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Herrera and Rooney goals enough to beat Villa

Herrera celebrates his second goal with Juan Mata.Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney scored the goals to eventually beat a stubborn Aston Villa side at Old Trafford. United had to be patient against a well-organised Aston Villa team, but their first goal arrived two minutes before half-time. Herrera hit a low shot past the Villa goalkeeper, after good work from left-back, Daley Blind. United extended their lead in the 79th minute, when Angel di Maria passed to Rooney, who scored with a fantastic shot - it was his 185th Premier League goal! Villa got a goal back almost immediately, through Christian Benteke, after an uncharacteristic error from David de Gea. United eventually secured the win in injury time, when Herrera scored his second of the game after a nice pass from Juan Mata. Manchester United have now won 5 consecutive matches and are in good form for their next two matches, against Manchester City and Chelsea.

When did Herrera join Man Utd?

Manchester United's first signing of the summer was the central midfielder, Ander Herrera, who signed from Spanish club, Athletic Bilbao, for about £30 million. The Red Devils have been following Herrera's progress for some time, and tried to sign the Basque player in the summer of 2013, but ran out of time before the transfer deadline. Man Utd have finally got the playmaker they wanted, and Herrera will be hoping that he can impress new manager, Louis van Gaal. Herrera was Man Utd's first signing of the summer, but they have also bought defender, Luke Shaw from Southampton, who at 18 years old has become one of the most expensive teenagers in world football, and Utd are expected to sign more players before the end of the transfer deadline. 

"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true."  Ander Herrera

What do we know about Herrera?

Louis van Gaal watches Herrera in trainingAnder Herrera Agüera was born in August 1989, and is from Bilbao, which is a city in the Basque Country, which is a region in the north of Spain. His first club was Real Zaragoza. He made his debut for Zaragoza in the 2008/09 season, and helped his team to promotion to the top division. He stayed at Zaragoza for the next two seasons and was one of their most used players as they successfully stayed in the top division. At the start of the 2011/12 season, Herrera moved to his hometown club, Athletic Bilbao.

How much success did Herrera have with Bilbao?

With Bilbao, Herrera became one of the most influential playmakers outside of the big three teams in Spain, and helped Athletic reach two cup finals and qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 15 years, when Bilbao finished 4th in the Spanish League in 2013/14.

Herrera playing for Athletic Bilbao against Man UtdUnfortunately, Bilbao lost both Finals, the 2012 Spanish Cup Final to Barcelona (3-0) and the 2012 UEFA Europa League Final to Atletico Madrid (3-0). After 3 seasons and over 120 appearances for Athletic Bilbao, Herrera signed for Manchester United. 

"Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity. I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans." Man Utd Assistant Manager, Ryan Giggs

Is it the first time Herrera has played in the UK?

Herrera in action against Real MadridManchester United is Ander Herrera's first English club, but he has played in England twice before, and he has even played at Old Trafford! Herrera was part of the Spanish under-23 team that played in the London Olympics. He played 2 matches, once at St. James's Park, which is the home of Newcastle United and once at Hampden Park in Glasgow, which is actually in Scotland. Spain lost both games and were eliminated from the tournament. But, the time Herrera played at Old Trafford was much more successful. Herrera was part of the Athletic Bilbao team that beat Manchester United (2-3) in the Europa League in 2012, knocking the Red Devils out of the competition. Herrera will be hoping for more wins at Old Trafford, but in a Manchester United shirt!

“Juan Mata and David De Gea told me United is a big club, maybe the biggest in the world and they said there is a great spirit here." Ander Herrera

What do we think?

Herrera scores in the Under 21 Euro FinalHerrera gives Manchester United more options in midfield. He plays as a central midfielder, but can play in an attacking or defensive position. He is a player who is technically very good, but also has lots of energy and a strong workrate. He is a player who works hard in both boxes, which helps both the defence and the attack. With other midfield talents, such as Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj, Marouane Fellaini, and Michael Carrick, Man Utd are starting to look stronger in midfield. Will Ander Herrera become a Premier League and Man Utd star? We will have to wait and see!

Ander Herrera joined Manchester United in July 2014.

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Did you know......?

  • Ander Herrera scored in the Final when Spain won the 2011 UEFA Under-21 European Championships.
  • Herrera has played for Spain at under-20, under-21 and under-23 level, but hasn't played for the Spanish senior side yet.
  • Herrera's father was also a footballer, Pedro Maria Herrera made over 200 appearances in the Spanish top division.
  • Herrera is not frightened of shooting, he averaged 2.1 shots per game for Athletic Bilbao.
  • You can follow Herrera on Twitter @anderherrera8.
Herrera helped Spain to win the 2011  UEFA Under-21 European Championships

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What do you think?

Will Herrera be a hit at Man Utd?Has Ander Herrera been a good signing for Manchester United?

How has Manchester Utd's midfield played this season?

Is Herrera the best Premier League signing this season?

Will he get into the Spanish team?

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hsn's picture
hsn
17/11/2022
TR
5526
points

Sentences
• He was one of the most influential marketmakers outside of the big three brokers in the stock exchange.
• High workrate is needed in the football matches to run at least approxımately seven or ten kilometres.


hsn's picture
hsn
17/11/2022 17:03
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5526

Sentences
• He was one of the most influential marketmakers outside of the big three brokers in the stock exchange.
• High workrate is needed in the football matches to run at least approxımately seven or ten kilometres.

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Gabriel Amaral
16/06/2021
BR
1512
points

Unfortunately (specially for Man Utd fans), Herrera didn't performance that well througout his seasons at Manchester.


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Gabriel Amaral
16/06/2021 21:55
Brazil
Arsenal
1512

Unfortunately (specially for Man Utd fans), Herrera didn't performance that well througout his seasons at Manchester.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
22/06/2020
TR
6510
points

I think he will get into the Spanish national team in the future at some point.


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mobeckham
22/06/2020 13:35
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I think he will get into the Spanish national team in the future at some point.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
22/06/2020
TR
6510
points

Herrera has been a brilliant signing for us as I was fully satisfied by his performances and I wish I had seen him for more and more years at United.


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mobeckham
22/06/2020 13:35
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

Herrera has been a brilliant signing for us as I was fully satisfied by his performances and I wish I had seen him for more and more years at United.

englishman
26/08/2019
DZ
1734
points

yes


englishman
26/08/2019 12:09
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

yes

englishman
26/08/2019
DZ
1734
points

ok


englishman
26/08/2019 12:07
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

ok

kirito2001
09/01/2018
VN
180
points

Ander Herrere is a good player and a good signing for the Red Devil


kirito2001
09/01/2018 14:08
Vietnam
Manchester United
180

Ander Herrere is a good player and a good signing for the Red Devil

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kwesimanifest
09/08/2016
GH
4768
points

Herrera might get into the Spanish team in the future
Age is still on his side


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kwesimanifest
09/08/2016 06:18
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Herrera might get into the Spanish team in the future
Age is still on his side

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/08/2016
GH
4768
points

United's midfield has been okay and not perfect due to injuries that makes their performance inconsistent


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/08/2016 06:11
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

United's midfield has been okay and not perfect due to injuries that makes their performance inconsistent

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/08/2016
GH
4768
points

Ander Herrera has been a good signing for united


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
09/08/2016 06:09
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Ander Herrera has been a good signing for united

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HakanUslu1881
14/03/2016
TR
1761
points

In the 5 years,he could get into.


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HakanUslu1881
14/03/2016 14:12
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

In the 5 years,he could get into.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
14/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I don't like.
No.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
14/03/2016 14:12
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I don't like.
No.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
05/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Maybe he will get his chance in the Spanish team.


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aragorn1986
05/12/2015 13:03
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Maybe he will get his chance in the Spanish team.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
05/12/2015
ME
3557
points

He's doing a great job. But he should double his effort if he wants to become a star in Man.Utd in the future.


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aragorn1986
05/12/2015 13:02
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

He's doing a great job. But he should double his effort if he wants to become a star in Man.Utd in the future.

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

To be honest, he exceeded my expectations. But he needs to work hard to progress to the Spanish team starting XI.


nikosonris
23/11/2015 11:12
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

To be honest, he exceeded my expectations. But he needs to work hard to progress to the Spanish team starting XI.

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MUGEMANYI
21/11/2015
RW
2320
points

He was not the best singing.he's young player who plays nice football, thus it's possible for him to go in Spanish team


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MUGEMANYI
21/11/2015 03:31
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

He was not the best singing.he's young player who plays nice football, thus it's possible for him to go in Spanish team

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
03/11/2015
ME
3557
points

He is still very very young player. We'll see what he will do in the next few years.


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aragorn1986
03/11/2015 15:45
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

He is still very very young player. We'll see what he will do in the next few years.

almirpereira's picture
almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1326
points

Cogratulation!!!!!


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almirpereira
24/10/2015 18:17
Brazil
Chelsea
1326

Cogratulation!!!!!

Abdallah
28/09/2015
KW
1814
points

He is a good signing for man utd
They aren't at their top level so far but I think they will at the end of the season


Abdallah
28/09/2015 11:48
Kuwait
Chelsea
1814

He is a good signing for man utd
They aren't at their top level so far but I think they will at the end of the season

Nan
25/07/2015
ES
4
points

Reading it ,now I know that Herrera isn't a Bilbao football player


Nan
25/07/2015 13:05
Spain
Crystal Palace
4

Reading it ,now I know that Herrera isn't a Bilbao football player

PaJa111's picture
PaJa111
24/04/2015
CZ
34
points

I think that the best Premier league signing was Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal. Because his first season is awsome. He scored a lot of goals and he works very hard for team. Herrera is young player and he with all ManU need some time. But I think that he will play better next season and also he can play for the Spanish national team.


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PaJa111
24/04/2015 14:04
Czech Republic
Arsenal
34

I think that the best Premier league signing was Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal. Because his first season is awsome. He scored a lot of goals and he works very hard for team. Herrera is young player and he with all ManU need some time. But I think that he will play better next season and also he can play for the Spanish national team.

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Goals

In this article, you will:

• Practise reading.

• Learn about Manchester United's new Spanish star Ander Herrera and learn some new vocabulary.

Tips

Recording Vocabulary

How do you keep a record of new vocabulary? There are some great apps you can use on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Here are a couple of suggestions:

  • Evernote is a fantastic tool for storing and categorising vocabulary.
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