Ander Herrera: Being compared to Paul Scholes is a "little bit embarrassing"

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Compare any professional football player to a club legend and, nine times out of ten, they will absolutely love it - but not Manchester United's Ander Herrera.

The Spaniard's playing style is often likened to Paul Scholes, who is widely regarded as one of the Premier League's finest ever midfielders.

Unafraid to get stuck in and comfortable on the ball, Herrera shares many of the same traits as his predecessor.


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Mention him in the same breath as Scholes, though, and the 26-year-old gets embarrassed - yes, you've read that correctly.

In an interview with Unscriptd (see below), he said: "When people compare me to Paul Scholes it’s a little bit embarrassing because of how much of a legend he is; how important he has been for the club.

"I feel very proud when someone says that I can play like him but I don’t think so.

"I am Ander Herrera and I’m not as good as him!"

Modesty is difficult to find in professional football; Herrera is certainly a rare breed.

The former Spain Under-23 international strives to emulate Scholes, though, and seeks confidence from such comparisons. 

"But I will try to do everything for this club," he continued.

"I can learn a lot from him. The way he passes the ball long and the speed he used to give to the ball.

"He’s one of the best players in Manchester United’s history and when someone says Ander Herrera can be the next Paul Scholes, it's an embarrassing situation but I feel proud.

"That means people believe in me."

Unfortunately for Herrera, he might not be afforded too many opportunities to express himself under recently-appointed manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese has already rung a number of changes at Old Trafford and if Paul Pogba completes his £100 million return as expected, first-team action could be hard to come by.

Herrera also faces competition from the likes of Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and - should he stay - Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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