Ander Herrera backs Radamel Falcao to succeed at Manchester United

by Richard Laverty

Ander Herrera has praised Manchester United strike duo Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney for their quality and commitment showed at the club.

Speaking at length earlier in the week, Herrera had only good things to say about two players who have only been his team-mates since both Herrera and Falcao joined the club in the summer.

Falcao hasn’t enjoyed the same success Rooney has since joining on deadline day in September despite his status as a world class striker from his days at Porto, Atletico Madrid and his international record with Colombia.

The striker hasn’t appeared to be the same player after suffering a serious knee injury just over a year ago but has contributed four goals to United’s season and Herrera sees similarities in Falcao compared to Rooney and believes the club still have a world class striker on their hands.

“Falcao is similar to Wayne in his character,” he said.

“He’s very, very humble. Last season, before the injury, he was maybe the best striker in the world. He had a very, very bad injury in his knee and he had a very difficult eight months. Now he’s getting better. He never misses one training session – the same as Wazza. He’s trying to help the team always.

“He’s always in good positions in the box. Maybe he’s the best header of the ball in the world. We are going to enjoy him, I am sure. I’m very pleased to play with him. He made me lose the Europa League (when Atletico Madrid beat Athletic in the 2012 final)! Now he’s my team-mate.”

Rooney was appointed club captain by new manager Louis van Gaal this season and against Sunderland on Saturday, it was his two goals which made the difference for Man United.

Herrera has been particularly impressed by Rooney’s commitment both on and off the pitch: “Wayne Rooney is unbelievable.

“He’s one of the biggest players in the world and always wants to play. Against Cambridge away. Against Yeovil Town away. Even when he had a big problem with his toe, he never missed one training session. He never missed one run. He’s always helping otWAYNE ROONEYthe Spaniard.

“I knew him from Spain of course. He’s WAYNE ROONEY. He’s the biggest player in England. When I arrived here, I asked Juan (Mata) and he told me: ‘Wayne always trains, he always works hard, he always fights hard for the team.’ I can learn from him as well as I can learn from Scholes.”

Herrera is once again becoming an important player in the team and has started the last two Premier League matches for United, including last weekend where he scored in the defeat to Swansea.

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