Ander Herrera, speaking ahead of the Europa League draw, has insisted the current Manchester United squad wants to play as many games as possible.
Jose Mourinho‘s side will discover their opponents for this year’s competition on Friday, with the draw taking place at 12:00 GMT.
Speaking to ManUtd.com, Herrera expressed his enthusiasm at the prospect of receiving more game time as a result of playing in the Europa League.
“The players want as many games as possible,” he said.
“It is very important for us. Everyone is going to be important. We can play against big teams as well. I have the chance to play against my former team and I think it is a very good competition.
“Last season another English club [Liverpool] lost the final against Sevilla. Then when you win the competition you have the chance to play in the Super Cup so everything is positive. There will be time for everyone in the squad and hopefully we can get as far as possible in the competition.”
The Europa League is often seen as something of a burden, an unwanted liability, a symbol of shame, perhaps. But it seems as if Herrera is viewing the competition from a glass-half-full perspective.
And with a well-sized, powerful squad, Mourinho has an excellent chance to give the likes of Marcus Rashford, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones and Timothy Fosu-Mensah – who have all struggled to receive minutes in the Premier League so far this season – a chance to impose themselves on the first team through this competition.