Swansea vs Manchester United: Ander Herrera could play in No 10 role, reveals Louis van Gaal

Adnan Januzaj is out injured

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering playing Ander Herrera in the number 10 role against Swansea after Adnan Januzaj was ruled out through injury.

Januzaj came off at half-time during United's 4-0 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday with an injury to his hip area.

After Januzaj came off, Van Gaal pushed Herrera into the number 10 position, just behind main striker Wayne Rooney, and the move turned out to be a masterstroke.

The speed of United's play improved markedly after the switch and the diminutive Spaniard set up Rooney for one of his three goals.

Van Gaal was impressed by Herrera's second-half performance in Bruges and he could be the man the United boss turns to for Sunday's game at the Liberty Stadium.

"I started this season with Herrera as number 10 so it is possible (he will play)," the United manager said.

"I had a theoretical scheme in my head that he could play as a 10, and he did well against Club Brugge.

"Adnan Januzaj is injured so he cannot play. Marouane Fellaini is not suspended any more either so you never know."

 

Van Gaal missed the Champions League group stage draw - which pitted United against Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven, and CSKA Moscow - so he could watch a reserve team friendly against Ajax at Carrington.

Tyler Blackett, Antonio Valencia, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and James Wilson played the whole 90 minutes and Marcos Rojo also featured for an hour.

"It was very important we organised that game," the 64-year-old said.

"It was also against a good team. We won 2-1, that is also good and Sean Goss, who was in the USA, scored the first goal - a fantastic goal - out of a pass from Wilson and Wilson scored the second goal."

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