Ander Herrera believes that the competition for places in midfield at Manchester United is getting the best out of him.
Herrera has been in and out of the starting XI for Man United over the course of the campaign, with Marouane Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick also featuring in the middle of the park.
The Spaniard started on the substitute’s bench for the 1-0 win over Everton on Sunday but he replaced Carrick after 58 minutes played at Old Trafford. Herrera insisted he is relishing the challenge at United.
“Of course I want to play every game – every player wants to do that – but when I came here 20 months ago I knew that it was not going to be easy,” Herrera said.
“Man United have the possibility to sign top players so it was not going to be easy for me, but I think when I play I try to do my best, I help the team. When you see that you can lose your position, it is better. Even for me. I think I give my best when I feel that my position is not secure, so I think it is better for everyone.”
It seems as if Herrera has found it difficult to find his rightful place in this United team.
He arguably is at his best when playing as a box-to-box midfielder but Louis van Gaal primarily uses defensive midfielders and a No.10, neither of which are really suited to Herrera’s qualities. That being said, he always gives his best on the pitch and he has endeared himself to supporters as a result.