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Ander Herrera: I'll battle with best for United spot


Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera is not fazed by the prospect of having to compete with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin for a place in the Manchester United starting XI this season.

After a difficult start, Herrera ended his debut season at United on a high last term.

The Spaniard became a regular in Louis van Gaal's first team, but he will have to fight harder for a place in the starting XI this year following the arrival of Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin for a combined total of £40million.

Herrera is convinced he will still get plenty of time on the pitch for United this term, despite the midfield additions to the squad.

"We want to play in the Champions League, fight for the FA Cup and the Premier League," Herrera said.

"When you want to make a good season, it's not just with 11 players.

"I wish there were not but there are injuries. And there are good and bad moments for the players so everyone is going to be involved in what I think will be a very good season."

Very few believed United would be able to prize Schweinsteiger away from Bayern Munich, but Van Gaal managed to persuade the 30-year-old to swap Bavaria for Old Trafford.

That gave Herrera the chance to play alongside a player who he has looked up to for years - a man he believes is one of the top five midfielders on the planet.

"He is someone I looked up to coming through the ranks," Herrera said. "He is one of the five or six best midfielders in the world and of course I have to learn a lot from him, Michael Carrick and others."