Ander Herrera

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Herrera and the second or maternal family name is Agüera.
Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera 2.jpg
Herrera before a game with Spain U21
Personal information
Full name Ander Herrera Agüera
Date of birth (1989-08-14) 14 August 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Manchester United
Number 21
Youth career
2004–2008 Real Zaragoza
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Real Zaragoza B 10 (2)
2009–2011 Real Zaragoza 82 (6)
2011–2014 Athletic Bilbao 94 (7)
2014– Manchester United 2 (1)
National team
2009 Spain U20 10 (3)
2009–2011 Spain U21 15 (4)
2012 Spain U23 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:16, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Ander Herrera Agüera [ˈandeɾ eˈreɾa aˈɣweɾa] (born 14 August 1989) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for English club Manchester United.

He began his career at Real Zaragoza before moving to his home-town club Athletic Bilbao in 2011, and then to Manchester United for €36 million in 2014. Herrera won tournaments with Spain at Under-20 and Under-21 level and represented the nation at the 2012 Olympics.

Club career[edit]

Real Zaragoza[edit]

After completing his football formation at Real Zaragoza, Bilbao-born Herrera made his professional debut in the Segunda División in the 2008–09 season, contributing with 19 games as the Aragonese club immediately returned to La Liga. He made his top-flight debut on 29 August 2009, in a 1–0 home win against CD Tenerife.[1]

During the 2009–10 campaign, Herrera was one of Zaragoza's most used players as the club managed to retain its league status. He scored his first league goal on 6 December, but in a 4–1 away defeat to RCD Mallorca.[2]

In 2010–11 Herrera continued to feature regularly with Zaragoza, under both José Aurelio Gay and his successor Javier Aguirre.

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

On 7 February 2011 he agreed to join his home-town club Athletic Bilbao on a five-year contract for a reported €7.5 million effective as of 1 July. Buyout clauses were set at €36 million in his first three seasons and €40 million in the remainder.[3]

Herrera made his official debut for Athletic on 18 August 2011, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 home draw against Trabzonspor in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. He appeared in 54 official matches in his first year with the Basque club (four goals), who reached both the Copa del Rey and the Europa League finals.

Manchester United[edit]

Herrera was the subject of a £24 million offer from Manchester United in August 2013, but the bid was rejected by Athletic Bilbao.[4] A year later, Manchester United tried to sign him again. On 26 June 2014, Athletic Bilbao announced on their official website that they had rejected a €36 million (£28.85 million) bid from Manchester United for Herrera.[5] Athletic Bilbao later confirmed that Herrera had activated his buyout clause, allowing United to sign him.[6] Manchester United announced on the same day they had completed the signing of Herrera on a four-year contract pending the receipt of an International Transfer Certificate.[7]

Herrera made his Manchester United debut on 23 July 2014 in the first match of the club's pre-season tour of the United States, playing the full 90 minutes and making three assists in the 7–0 win over LA Galaxy.[8] His competitive debut came in the opening game of the Premier League season on 16 August, a 2–1 home defeat to Swansea City. He played 67 minutes before being substituted for Marouane Fellaini.[9] Herrera picked up an injury during training and missed Manchester United's next two games against Sunderland and Burnley.[10] In his first game back after returning from injury, against Queens Park Rangers on 14 September 2014, he scored his first goal for the club and made an assist as Manchester United won the game 4-0.[11]

International career[edit]

Herrera playing for Spain U21s in 2011

Herrera was a member of the Spain Under-20 squad which won gold in football at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy.[12]

Herrera was selected by Spanish under-21 coach Luis Milla to the 2011 UEFA European Championship in Denmark. On 12 June, in the group stage opener against England, he scored a controversial goal in an eventual 1–1 draw.[13]

In the final against Switzerland, through another header, Herrera netted the first goal in an eventual 2–0 win in Aarhus.[14]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 16 August 2014[15][16]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Real Zaragoza B 2008–09 10 2 10 2
Real Zaragoza 2008–09 19 2 0 0 19 2
2009–10 30 2 2 0 32 2
2010–11 33 2 2 0 35 2
Total 82 6 4 0 86 6
Athletic Bilbao 2011–12 32 1 9 2 13 1 54 4
2012–13 29 1 2 0 4 1 35 2
2013–14 33 5 6 0 39 5
Total 94 7 17 2 17 2 128 11
Manchester United 2014–15 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Career totals 187 15 21 2 0 0 17 2 225 19

Honours[edit]

National team[edit]

Spain U21
Spain U20

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Herrera's father, Pedro María, was also a footballer and a midfielder. He too played for Zaragoza (in a total of three professional clubs), where he also served as general manager.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Zaragoza regresa a Primera con Victoria" [Zaragoza returns to Primera with win] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Mallorca maintain home run; ESPN Soccernet, 6 December 2009
  3. ^ Athletic confirm Herrera deal; ESPN Soccernet, 7 February 2011
  4. ^ "Manchester United move for Ander Herrera and 'bid for Daniele De Rossi'". The Guardian. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rechazada oferta del Manchester United" [Offer from Manchester United dismissed] (in Spanish). athletic-club.net. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Herrera pays release clause". athletic-club.net (Athletic Bilbao). 26 June 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Club statement on Ander Herrera". Manchester United F.C. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  8. ^ Stone, Simon (24 July 2014). "Man Utd beat LA Galaxy: Louis van Gaal off to winning start". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Bevan, Chris (16 August 2014). "Man Utd 1-2 Swansea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera face injury scans". BBC Sport. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Man Utd 4-0 QPR". BBC Sport. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  12. ^ a b ITA – ESP 1:2 (0:0); Pescara 2009, 4 July 2009
  13. ^ Spain U21 1–1 England U21; BBC Sport, 12 June 2011
  14. ^ Spain crowned European Under-21 champions[dead link]; UEFA.com, 25 June 2011
  15. ^ Athletic Bilbao official site statistics
  16. ^ "Ander Herrera". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  17. ^ Ander Herrera se emancipa (Ander Herrera comes of age); El País, 16 June 2011 (Spanish)
  18. ^ "El padre de Ander ya ganó una final al Barça en el Calderón" [Ander's father already won a final to Barça at the Calderón] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 May 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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