Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted that Spanish ace Ander Herrera isn't currently starting because he prefers to play with a second striker rather than an extra midfielder.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils boss has also revealed that he started youngster Adnan Januzaj against Aston Villa after the Belgian international impressed him in training.
Januzaj, of course, scored the only goal of the game against Villa at Villa Park on Friday evening, while Herrera came off the bench to help United see the game through and secure all three points.
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And when speaking about Januzaj's inclusion in the team, the Manchester United boss told reporters: "Because he gave signals in training that he is more and more confident, but also better.
"I like a second striker in that position (behind Rooney) more than a third midfielder. That is why, for example, Herrera is not playing but is always coming on as a substitute, because he is more of a controlling midfielder there."
A key role to play
Ultimately, though, despite only starring from the bench in the opening couple of matches, Herrera will no doubt still have a key role to play for the Red Devils as they go about making an impact on both the domestic and European scene this season.
The Spaniard is without a doubt one of the most talented players in the squad at Old Trafford, and will certainly start on a number of occasions as the games come thick and fast for Louis van Gaal's side.
In the big games, too, he could be an important player, as Van Gaal may well opt for an extra man in the middle of the park.
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