The midfielder boldly insisted earlier this season that his Spanish teammate, whose move to Real Madrid back in 2015 broke down during the dying moments of the transfer window, was going nowhere over the summer.
However, various reports have pointed towards Madrid reigniting their interest in the Spaniard ahead of this year’s transfer window.
But Herrera, regardless of continued speculation surrounding De Gea’s future, was quick to express hopes for a long career alongside the Spaniard in Manchester.
“I wish I could play with him for a long time, for me he’s the best,” Herrera said.
“Never before has a goalkeeper at Manchester United been voted as the best player by the team and the fans, he’s managed it three years in a row.
“He’s a phenomenon and has a great gift in his reflexes, I want him to continue as he can be a United legend if he wants to.
“His move to Madrid did not go through and he adapted very well to that situation, playing out of his skin. That says a lot about him.”
De Gea does indeed deserve more credit for the way he handled his awkward situation with Madrid back in 2015. He was, almost painfully, completely ready for his move to the Bernabeu. A stage had quite literally been set for his imminent arrival; he had a special suit prepared; his Madrid-based girlfriend was probably looking for places to live.
And then it all fell apart: he was back at Carrington under the looming glare of Louis van Gaal, faced with another nine months of clawing his side away from danger. This is how I imagine those involved with ‘La La Land’ felt at the Oscars.
Since then, however, he has displayed nothing but ardent professionalism at Old Trafford, and supporters – regardless of where he goes over the summer – owe him their respect in response.