Not just the name, Man United fans will remember every tackle, every act of bravery and every single thing that proves that what Ander Herrera is something that Manchester United currently lack. They would feel proud every single time they saw Ander Herrera play for Manchester United.
The desire to cover every blade of grass, the hunger to win games in whatever way possible and the fight to grab games by the scruff of their necks. That is everything Manchester United lack today. What the man stands for is everything that Manchester United miss.
More than that, what he is signifies everything Manchester United used to be. Even if he’s not the best player, he’s the player who cares the most. Manchester United have had so many players in the past who weren’t the best but their hate for losing and lust for winning made them great at the club.
When times were dark, he gave his all to light the fire. When it seemed as though no one cared, he did care every single time. Because of that, he became a player every United fan could relate to and connect to. Someone they could identify with.
If he played ten years ago, Ander Herrera would have signed a new contract a season ago. He is the club’s best signing in the post- Sir Alex Ferguson era not because he’s the best player but because of who he is. Because of the individual he is.
And the mess Manchester United are in, the leadership and authority the club lacks, they are letting go off a proper leader. It might be tough to find another one soon. Players like him are a rare breed today.
A season on, Manchester United will realise what they had with him. When he’s gone.