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Herrera resists fans' calls for United captaincy

2017-05-23 08:27
Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - While Ander Herrera appreciates that Manchester United fans hold him in high regard, the midfielder doesn't believe he deserves the captaincy yet.

The Spain international has become a key player for Jose Mourinho's side after being asked to play in an unfamiliar holding role this season to accommodate world-record signing Paul Pogba.

Herrera's sterling performances in 2016/17 earned him the Player of the Year award at Old Trafford, breaking the hat-trick of accolades won by compatriot David De Gea before him.

With current Red Devils skipper Wayne Rooney facing an uncertain future, many of the club's supporters would like to see the Bilbao native succeed him - an honour Herrera is not ready for at this stage.

"I am very thankful when I hear that from the fans, but [as] we say in Spain, they are massive words," the 27-year-old told ESPN.

"The captains of this club are legends. The current one is Wayne Rooney but also Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic. It is a list of amazing players and legends of the club.

"I prefer to keep calm and to keep my mind calm because I feel that I still have to do more for the club. I still have to win things for the club to deserve that. So I will keep calm.

"We also have some experienced players on the team, who have been here longer, like Chris Smalling, David De Gea, also Juan [Mata] came before me. So I am thankful to the fans for thinking that about me but I don't want to think about it yet."

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