Manchester United coach Nicky Butt has admitted that new signing Ander Herrera is not on the same level as the likes of Paul Pogba and Toni Kroos.
As reported by ESPN, the former United central-midfielder, who has been in charge of the club's reserve side in recent time, has insisted that Herrera can excel at Old Trafford over the coming years.
United, of course, snapped up Herrera earlier this summer for a fee of around £28.4m, whilst Paul Pogba has been tipped to leave Juventus for almost double that price. Reports have indicated that the ex-United man, who left the club on a free in the summer of 2012, could join Chelsea for as much as £60 million in this transfer window.
And Butt has admitted that it's not easy to sign stars in the calibre of Pogba and Co. The United coach told the Manchester Evening News: "He [Herrera] was at the level where you just had to take note of this player because there are not many top midfielders you can get.
"You can all talk about Pogba or Kroos but these kind of players are not easy to get. So you have to widen your net and Herrera is a bonus. He is at a level where he can play at a club like United and given a bit of time he can excel.
"I watched Ander a few times last season on scouting trips. He impressed me. He can become a star player for us. He can become a big influence on our midfield [but] you will have to be patient with him."
Manchester United fans will certainly be hoping that Herrera improves the club in the middle of the park next term, as they look to hit back after a disastrous season under David Moyes. Pogba may be long gone from Old Trafford, but Herrera will certainly help the club move forward in 2014/15.
The likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher and Co. all struggled for form throughout 2013/14, while last summer's major signing Marouane Fellaini failed to impress at the Theatre of Dreams.
It remains to be seen as to whether the new Manchester United boss further adds to his side before the start of the new season. As well as the signing of Herrera, the Dutch coach also added English teenager Luke Shaw to his ranks this summer, but is expected to press ahead with more signings in the coming weeks.
Van Gaal has been at The Theatre of Dreams today, having previously led the Dutch to the World Cup semi-final, and he will take the club on their pre-season tour of the USA on Friday. Manchester United fans will certainly be excited as to what the future has in store under the new regime.
Fans of the Old Trafford outfit will, however, hope that Pogba doesn't come back to haunt them in a Chelsea shirt in the 2014/15 season. The Blues have already signed Cesc Fabregas, and completed deals for Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, meaning Jose Mourinho's side could be a force to be reckoned with next term.