Ander Herrera latest: Manchester United midfielder insists he is 'very happy'

It had been suggested Herrera was seeking talks with Van Gaal

Tom Sheen
Tuesday 01 December 2015 17:15 GMT
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera celebrates after scoring against Everton
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera celebrates after scoring against Everton

Ander Herrera has insisted he is "very happy" at Manchester United after reports emerged that he was seeking an audience with Louis van Gaal to discuss his future.

The Spanish midfielder has failed to nail down a first-choice place under the Dutchman, with Van Gaal preferring Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin this season.

Herrera has not been available in recent games because of a hamstring injury, but he was left out of the starting XI for the opening five matches of the season and has started just six in total.

Bought for £28million before Van Gaal arrived, Herrera has been used in a variety of different positions this season.

However, in a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday, Herrera attempted to allay fears he is unhappy.

Alongside a picture containing part of an interview he did with the club's matchday programme for last week's game against PSV Eindhoven, Herrera said: "Interview given last week. Very happy at Manchester United."

The image contains the pull quote: "I don't want this dream to finish. I have to play as well as possible if I want to play as long as I can at this club."

Herrera, who has made 45 appearances and scored 11 times since moving to England, had stated in the interview that he was determined to fight for his place having moved from Athletic Club in the summer of 2014.

"When I was in Spain, I always thought about the best teams in the world and maybe the biggest and most-supported club is Manchester United," he told United Review.

"So I worked very hard to be here. When I was in Spain, I was very professional and had to be very consistent to get here.

"Now I am here, I always say the same thing: the most difficult thing is to stay at a big club.

"Of course, it is difficult to arrive at a big team in the first place, but it is even harder to stay there. The club has the possibility to sign new players and it's a very powerful club so all players want to play here. I have to fight for my position and gain my position and I will do it."

Additional reporting from PA

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