Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says he's lucky to be at Old Trafford and insists that he will embrace the challenge of breaking back into Louis van Gaal's side.
The Daily Star carries quotes from the former Athletic Bilbao star taken from an interview with the club's internal television channel, whereby he concedes the difficult situation that currently presents him.
Herrera has fallen down the first-team pecking order after suffering a fractured rib injury against West Ham United back in September. The £28 million signing did make a brief return, but aggravated the midriff complaint against West Brom a month later, and has not featured for the Red Devils since.
The Spaniard made a goalscoring return to action after being given a run-out in the Manchester United development squad's emphatic 5-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers in the Lancashire Senior Cup in midweek, and will now be hoping to be in contention for a starting spot when Hull City arrive at the Theatre of Dreams for tomorrow's Premier League encounter.
However, the fine form of fellow midfielder Marouane Fellaini has restricted Herrera to a bench role in recent weeks, even after fellow summer arrival Daley Blind was sidelined until the new year after picking up a knee injury whilst on duty with the Netherlands during the international break.
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Speaking ahead of Saturday's home clash against Steve Bruce's Tigers side, Herrera told MUTV: "Of course I want to play as does every player, but I am at Manchester United where there are a lot of good players.
"[But] I am a lucky guy to be here and I have to see these moments as a challenge for me."
Recent speculation has suggested that Herrera could in fact be sold in January because Van Gaal has lost faith in the 25-year-old, with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola reportedly keen to take the midfield maestro to the Allianz Arena.
Exit rumours quashed
However, judging by the talented star's comments he's fully focused on making the most of his opportunity with Manchester United, and is paying no attention to rumours regarding his future.
Red Devils fans have been encouraged by Herrera's early displays, and will be pleased to hear him reiterating his commitment to the club rather than kicking up a fuss about his recent lack of action and angling for a move as the transfer window approaches.