|Full name||Ander Herrera Agüera|
|Date of birth||14 August 1989|
|Place of birth||Bilbao, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2008–2009||Real Zaragoza B||10||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 August 2015.
Ander Herrera Agüera (Spanish pronunciation: [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. He has also won tournaments with Spain at Under-20 and Under-21 level and represented the nation at the 2012 Olympics.
Born in Bilbao, Herrera began his football career at Real Zaragoza, and made his professional debut in the Segunda División in the 2008–09 season. He made 19 appearances that season as the Aragonese club made an immediate return to La Liga. He made his top-flight debut on 29 August 2009, in a 1–0 home win against CD Tenerife.
During the 2009–10 campaign, Herrera was one of Zaragoza's most used players as the club managed to retain its top-flight status. He scored his first league goal on 6 December, but in a 4–1 away defeat to RCD Mallorca.
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.
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.
Herrera was the subject of a £24 million offer from Manchester United in August 2013, but the bid was rejected by Athletic Bilbao. 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. Athletic Bilbao later confirmed that Herrera had activated his buyout clause, allowing United to sign him. 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.
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. 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. Herrera picked up an injury during training and missed Manchester United's next two games against Sunderland and Burnley. 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. He scored again in United's next game, flicking in Ángel Di María's shot with his backheel in their 5–3 defeat to newly promoted Leicester City on 21 September.
Herrera provided an assist to Van Persie against Hull City on 29 November in a 3–0 win and was then awarded man of the match for his brilliant performance. He provided another assist to Marouane Fellani in a 2–1 win against Stoke City on 2 December 2014. Herrera scored his first FA Cup goal with a dipping effort in a third round tie against Yeovil Town on 4 January 2015. Herrera followed his cup goal against Yeovil with an important equalising goal against Preston North End in the FA Cup fifth round; United would go on to win the tie 3–1 and progress to the quarter final stage. Herrera started a Premier League game for the first time since 2 December against Swansea City, scoring United's only goal – his fifth of the season – in a 2–1 defeat. On 22 March 2015, he provided an assist for Juan Mata's goal in a 2–1 win over Liverpool. The following fixture, Herrera scored the first brace of his career to help United beat Aston Villa 3–1; he was also named man of the match for his performances.
On 26 August 2015, Herrera in his first start of the season, provided an assist for Wayne Rooney's second goal and scored the 4th goal in a 4–0 win (7–1 aggregate) over Belgian side Club Brugge in the second leg of their Champions League Play-off.
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.
Style of play
|Real Zaragoza B||2008–09||10||2||–||–||–||10||2|
- Spain U21
- Spain U20
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- "Man Utd 4–0 QPR". BBC Sport. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "Leicester City fought back from 3–1 down to secure a stunning victory over a defensively frail Manchester United.". BBC Sport. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
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- Pritchard, Dafydd (21 February 2015). "Swansea 2–1 Man Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 February 2015.
- Parker, Paul (23 March 2015). "Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick key to Man United success". ESPN FC (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network). Retrieved 24 March 2015.
- Emons, Michael (4 April 2015). "Manchester United 3–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- Mitten, Andy (26 August 2015). "Wayne Rooney hits hat trick, Man United into Champions League groups". ESPN FC. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
- ITA – ESP 1:2 (0:0); Pescara 2009, 4 July 2009
- Spain U21 1–1 England U21; BBC Sport, 12 June 2011
- Spain crowned European Under-21 champions[dead link]; UEFA.com, 25 June 2011
- "Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera: Paul Scholes was a one-off". Manchester Evening News. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- "Man United's Ander Herrera insists Paul Scholes is a 'one-off' following comparisons between them". Daily Mirror. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- "Scholes: Ander Herrera has been Manchester United's best summer signing". Manchester Evening News. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
- Ander Herrera se emancipa (Ander Herrera comes of age); El País, 16 June 2011 (Spanish)
- "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.
- Athletic Bilbao profile
- "Ander Herrera". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
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