Ander Herrera has revealed much about life at Manchester United in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.
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The Spaniard endured a slow start in his first year at Old Trafford, finding it hard to break in to the starting XI for the first half of the season. However, he has now become a key part of the Red Devils’ turnaround in form, especially their last two victories over fellow top four competitors Tottenham and Liverpool.
The 25-year-old opened up on the team dynamics, even claiming that captain Wayne Rooney has been trying to insult him!
The former Athletic Bilbao man said: “Carrick’s very serious, but suits another quote by Bielsa: ‘Leaders don’t need to speak much, but you listen to them when they speak’. Rooney is outgoing and insults us in Spanish. I’d rather talk to him about football because he likes boxing and could try with me.”
“There’s a lot of respect for Rooney & Carrick, but De Gea says the dressing room used to be more hierarchic w/ Rio, Scholes, Giggs. Maybe [biggest joker] is Young but the Spanish-speakers have more sense of humour. We always joke about clichés from our countries.”
He also revealed that he has a propensity for crying, even a good performance from a footballer can do it: “The last time I cried? I almost cried watching Messi against Man City. He’s so good! But anyway, I get emotional very easily.”
“I’m a classic man and I was delighted when we played vs Yeovil Town in front of 8,000 standing people yelling at me: ‘Who are you?'”
Herrera will be hoping to continue his form when the Premier League resumes after the international break. United have Aston Villa when first back, but their focus may be taken by the derby against Manchester City the week after.