Ander Herrera could not be happier with the start he has made to life as a Manchester United player.
The beginning of the Premier League season may still be over two weeks away, but Herrera has already made a big impact at the club.
The Spaniard is one of seven players to have started every match on the pre-season tour of the United States.
United fans did not take long to warm to the midfielder. He had a hand in six of the seven goals scored in Louis van Gaal's first match in charge against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
With Michael Carrick out injured, there is a lot of pressure on Herrera's shoulders, so he is happy to have hit the ground running.
"I feel it has gone well for me so far," Herrera told Press Association Sport after Tuesday night's penalty win over Inter Milan.
"I feel physically good and mentally I'm improving all the time.
"I'm happy with how I'm doing on the pitch and all the players are helping me in terms of integrating.
"My confidence is increasing with every game and I'm excited for the season ahead."
Midfield proved to be a problem area for Van Gaal's predecessor David Moyes last year.
Darren Fletcher understandably struggled to reach peak fitness following surgery to rectify his debilitating bowel condition.
Tom Cleverley, Carrick and Marouane Fellaini had seasons to forget while Anderson was loaned to Fiorentina after falling out of favour with his manager.
The man who played a key role United's midfield for over a decade, Paul Scholes, believes the main area the team needs strengthening is at the back though.
Their best years may have been behind them, but when United let Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra depart this summer, they lost three players who had won 16 Premier League titles between them.
Losing that experience is a big blow for the club, according to Scholes, who thinks Van Gaal should recruit two new centre-backs.
"He's only got three recognised defenders," said Scholes, who was speaking in his role as an ambassador for Men United v Prostate Cancer.
"Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett are coming through but as far as experience goes he's missing a big chunk after losing Rio, Vidic and Evra.
"Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are all good defenders but they do have their own injury problems.
"Hopefully they can get over them and have a full season.
"I'm sure they'll do well, but I think he'll look to bring a couple of defenders in."
Manchester United: Potential summer transfer targets
Manchester United: Potential summer transfer targets
1/19 Arturo Vidal
The Juventus midfielder is among United's top targets this summer, particularly after impressing for Chile at the World Cup. Having helped his current team secure the Serie A title, Juventus aren't keen on letting him go.
2/19 Marco Reus
Rumoured to be near the top of United's target list, a possible swap deal involving cash and Shinji Kagawa has been mentioned. The Borussia Dortmund player would not be a cheap acquisition, especially given his recent declaration that he wants to stay at Dortmund next season
3/19 Arda Turan
Former manager David Moyes had been seen watching Turan, though his dismissal put a doubt over whether United were still interested. The winger's agent claims an offer has been made, so is the Atletico Madrid winger on his way to Old Trafford?
4/19 Arjen Robben
The Bayern Munich winger has said Van Gaal has offered him a place at Old Trafford if he wants it. Currently he's happy to stay where he is, but things can quickly change.
5/19 Claudio Marchisio
With Paul Pogba highly unlikely to be prised away from Juventus, United's attention could turn to team-mate Claudio Marchisio. The Italian international would provide some class and experience.
6/19 Mats Hummels
With defensive reinforcements high on United's list of priorities, Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has unsurprisingly been linked with a move to Old Trafford. The German has been earmarked as the ideal replacement for the now-departed Rio Ferdinand and after his impressive showing at the World Cup, he's even more desirable.
7/19 Raphael Varane
Raphael Varane has already snubbed United once in his career, opting instead to join Real Madrid. It would surely take a big offer to prise the classy defender away now.
8/19 Seamus Coleman
Reportedly already the subject of a £15m bid, Seamus Coleman could be the man being lined up as the answer to United's problems at right-back.
9/19 William Carvalho
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has reportedly been watched 15 times by Manchester United, although the £29m asking price could prove a stumbling block. The Portugal international has also been linked with Arsenal.
10/19 Xherdan Shaqiri
Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has struggled to force his way into the first team at the Allianz Arena and could be a target for United as well as rivals Liverpool. His impressive displays for Switzerland this summer could make it harder to prise him away.
11/19 Alex Song
Barcelona are understood to be ready to let the former Arsenal player leave this summer. Could provide some strength to United's midfield. Could also bring embarrassment judging by his behaviour at the World Cup.
12/19 Fabio Coentrao
Supposedly came within hours of signing in January, the Portuguese left back could be brought in to provide back-up to Luke Shaw.
13/19 Julian Draxler
A long time Arsenal target, United are reportedly interested in pinching the young German with a bumper offer. Seems unlikely though. Arsenal also strongly interested.
14/19 Sami Khedira
The Germany international is reportedly being pursued by a host of sides, and United might be wise to get in the mix as they look to add some quality to a fairly feeble looking midfield. Real Madrid appear open to letting him go with the 27-year-old having just one year left on his contract. Arsenal and Chelsea are among the others keen on signing the World Cup winner.
15/19 Edinson Cavani
The Uruguayan hitman would prove pricey and tricky to snatch away from PSG and it seems unlikely United have enough to offer him.
16/19 Luciano Vietto
The Racing Club youngster has been impressing in Argentina for some time although a move directly to United would be something of a surprise.
17/19 Santiago Arias
Should a move for Seamus Coleman fail, PSV defender Arias is reportedly being lined up by United. Played for Colombia throughout the group stage of the World Cup.
18/19 Miralem Pjanic
Rumoured to part of a joint bid including teammate Benatia, the Bosnian midfielder is reportedly another on United's large hit list.
19/19 Kevin Strootman
Van Gaal knows Strootman well from working with him in the Netherlands set-up and has indicated he is interested. Roma are reluctant to sell whilst his recovery from a knee injury may prove a stumbling block.
Such is the paucity of defensive options open to Van Gaal, that he has had to deploy Ashley Young as a wing-back in the new 3-4-1-2 system while Luke Shaw regains his fitness.
The move has worked reasonably well for the team, with Young putting in two decent performances in the position.
Van Gaal, who successfully turned former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt into a wing-back during the World Cup, firmly believes Young is capable of playing there this season and the player himself has no complaints about his new role.
"I am willing to stay there for the whole of the season, of course," the former Aston Villa man said.
"I enjoyed playing out there. I played against AS Roma out there too so if the manager calls upon me to play there I'm more than delighted to do so."
Young and his United team-mates landed in Detroit on Thursday ahead of their fourth game of the tour against Real Madrid.
The match against the European champions, which takes place at Ann Arbor's Michigan Stadium on the outskirts of Detroit, is expected to draw a record-breaking crowd of 109,000.
A win for Van Gaal's team will send them through to the final of the International Champions Cup, which takes place on Monday in Miami's Sun Life Stadium.
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