The Spanish midfielder has stressed that he will not be satisfied at United until he helps the club win a host of trophies.
Ander Herrera (@AnderHerrera) March 6, 2015
Midfielder Ander Herrera has paid tribute to Manchester United fans after winning the club’s Player of the Month award for February, hoping it to be the first of many trophies during his Old Trafford career.
Herrera was speaking to United’s official website after storming to the win with 76 per cent of the votes, leaving Marcos Rojo [14 per cent] and Chris Smalling [10 per cent] in his wake.
The Spaniard made four starts in five appearances last month, recording two goals and an assist in the process, and is now aiming to build on his personal accolade to help the team claim their first piece of major silverware since the 2012-13 Premier League title.
“This means a lot for me because the votes came from our fans and I’m very happy and grateful to them,” he said. “I think they value my work and my passion for playing and I want to try to keep helping the team.
“I was happy [with my form] but I would have been even happier if we had won against Swansea away. We won four games last month and now we have to continue that – we are in the top four and we want to be there until the end of the season.
“I think they like players who work a lot and who play with passion. They have always shown me affection from the first day and I am very grateful,” he added.
“I always say this - I feel very lucky to be a Manchester United player and I will always be the same – I want to try to play with passion, work hard and help the team. My dream is to achieve trophies with Manchester United – I will not stop until I achieve that.”
Herrera, 25, arrived at United from Athletic Bilbao in June for a £29 million fee, but found it harder than anticipated to break into manager Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans over his first few months in Manchester.
The former Real Zaragoza star had earned just six Premier League starts prior to last month’s 2-1 defeat at Swansea, much to the chagrin of fans, but the recent absence of the injured Michael Carrick has since allowed him to establish a place in the midfield alongside Daley Blind.
He will bid to further solidify his spot in the starting XI when Arsenal visit on Monday night for their FA Cup quarter-final clash, with a potential win moving him one step closer to the first team trophy of his United career.