With Wayne Rooney set to leave the club in the summer, Manchester United supporters have been calling for Ander Herrera to inherit the captain’s armband.

The Spaniard was voted Sir Matt Busby player of the year earlier this week and possesses the passion, determination and love for the club the supporters expect to see in their captain.

However, in an interview with ESPN, Herrera has modestly played down the claims, insisting there are players more deserving than him.

I’m very thankful when I hear that from the fans but they are massive words. The captains of this club are legends. The current one is Wayne Rooney, also Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic. These are amazing players, legends of the club. I prefer to keep calm, to keep my mind calm, because I feel like I still have to do more for the club. I still have to win things for the club to deserve that. We have some experienced players in the team who have been at the club for a longer time, like Chris Smalling, David de Gea, also Juan came before me. So, thank you to the fans for thinking that about me but I don’t want to think about it yet.

Herrera has claimed he hopes to one day be at legend at United, who can play well enough to see out his career here, but understands that will take a lot of hard work.

To finish your career in this club you have to perform every season and it’s not so easy. I think a lot of players have the qualify to make a very good season but the most difficult thing is the consistency. I am still 27.

Hopefully one day you can compare me with legends of the club but you cannot do it yet. I have to perform for a long time for the biggest and the greatest club in England so it’s not so easy.