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Herrera: I can be United's next Paul Scholes

ESPN staff
February 24, 2015
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Ander Herrera says he is determined to learn from Paul Scholes as he tries to emulate the man he calls Manchester United's best ever midfielder.

The Spaniard has returned to United's team for the last two games and has scored in both to take his tally for the club to five goals in just nine starts since his £28.8 million move from Athletic Bilbao.

Ronaldo snub

  • Ander Herrera said his dream signing for Manchester United would be Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi - and not former Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • "This is not good for United fans," he told the Manchester Evening News, "because everyone loves Ronaldo, but I would sign Messi."

Scholes, 40, retired for the second time in 2013 having made 718 appearances, behind only Ryan Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton, and scored 155 goals.

And Herrera, who also sees two of his current team-mates as role models, hopes to assume such an important role one day.

"Paul Scholes is maybe the biggest midfielder in the United history," Herrera told the Manchester Evening News.

"Yes. I want to be Ander Herrera, I want to learn things from Paul Scholes, things from Michael Carrick, things from Wayne Rooney.

"I wish one day I can be so important for the fans, but I have to work very, very hard for that.

"But, I think I am 25 years old, I have to learn a lot from my team-mates, from great players like Paul Scholes and I want to learn."

Ander Herrera has scored five goals since joining Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao © Getty Images
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