Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera believes United new boy Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of the best midfielders in the world.
United prized Schweinsteiger away from Bayern Munich last week for £15 million pounds as they looked to bolster their midfield options for the upcoming season.
Herrera has partnered the Germany international during the second half of the Red Devils two pre-season friendlies so far and has seen, first hand, the talents of a player who he has looked up to throughout his own development
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Having spent his whole career in Bavaria, Schweinsteiger opted for a switch to Manchester and a new chapter in his footballing life. He links up again with Louis van Gaal, following the Dutch managers stint in charge of Bayern Munich, that ended in 2011.
25-year-old Herrera has watched the career of the 2014 World Cup winner and, as seen in the London Evening Standard, holds the midfield in a very high regard.
"He is someone I looked up to coming through the ranks." said Herrera. "He is one of the five or six best midfielders in the world and of course I have to learn a lot from him, Michael Carrick and others.
"I always want to play with the best players and Bastian is one of the best in the world. I'm sure I am going to learn a lot of things from him."
Having originally struggled for opportunities following his €36 million move from Athletic Bilbao last summer, Herrera cemented his place as a regular in the United line-up at the back end of the season with a string of fine performances, finishing the campaign with six league goals in 26 appearances.
However, following Van Gaal's recent comments about competition for places, amidst the arrival of Schweinsteiger, and also Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton, Herrera is unfazed by the potential battle for a starting role.
In fact, the Spaniard is optimistic he will get the game time he desires at Old Trafford next season as United battle for silverware on a number on fronts.
He said: "We want to play in the Champions League, fight for the FA Cup and the Premier League, when you want to make a good season, it's not just with 11 players.
"I wish there were not, but there are injuries and there are good and bad moments for the players so everyone is going to be involved in what I think will be a very good season."