A group of students at Manchester Academy High School had the surprise of their lives when Manchester United’s Ander Herrera played the ultimate prank on them during a Spanish lesson.
The language students thought they were having a live video chat with the player from the club’s Aon Training Complex.
However, unbeknown to them, the United ace was hiding mere metres away. After a few minutes, ‘technical issues’ disrupted the video call and the class was left speechless as Herrera walked through their classroom door unannounced.
Once the students had overcome their shock and surprise, Ander conducted a question and answer session in his native Spanish, fielding questions about his footballing career, his journey from Real Zaragoza to Manchester United and his view on the Messi versus Ronaldo debate.
The United midfielder also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drop into a PE lesson, where he joined in with some of the budding young footballers.
Nafa Mohamed, one of the Manchester Academy pupils taking part in the Spanish class, said, “I felt shocked and excited because this was a one-off opportunity to meet Ander. We learned about his experiences, what he’s been through and how he came to his position with Manchester United.”
He added: “I was inspired by Ander’s visit. It’s nice to learn about different cultures and languages, because it can change you and make you a better person.”
Ander, who regularly gets involved with Manchester United Foundation projects, also felt good about the positive impact of his visit, commenting: “Football can really help people and we [as players] make the effort to come and take part in these activities that the Foundation is doing.
“Football can be a big motivation for children to study, helping to make them better people.”
Manchester Academy is one of 20 Foundation partner schools across Greater Manchester, at which a dedicated Foundation coach is based full-time to mentor pupils with the aim of developing confidence and leadership skills.