Ander Herrera has sent Manchester United fans a warm message of gratitude after supporters displayed a banner bearing his name during the 2-0 win over Leicester City.
The Spaniard, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba dominating midfield, hasn’t made a start for United so far this season, managing only five minutes from the bench against Swansea City.
Nevertheless, supporters from Old Trafford’s J-stand – the “singing section” – were keen to pay homage to the tenacious midfielder by sporting a banner dedicated to him for the win over Craig Shakespeare’s side.
And Herrera, responding to an Instagram post showing supporters displaying his banner whilst singing a rendition of “Ole, ole Ander Herrera“, was full of gratitude for such support.
“Love it!! I really appreciate it! You all are with me through thick and thin. Thank you so much,” he said.
Not many players of such a high profile can sustain a genuine, reciprocal connection with supporters like Herrera. The Spaniard gets the club in ways most simply don’t in this post-Fergie era.
There are a few that have it: Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia – those who played under the great man himself and imbibed that vital edge needed to win consistently. They understand the badge, what it truly means.
And Herrera is another. The supporter who put up the above video responded by suggesting he takes up the captaincy, and that, I think, tells you everything. Herrera is one of us.