Ander Herrera's Manchester United career so far has always shown promise, without much actual substance.
The baby-faced Spaniard has made 80 appearances for the Red Devils since joining in 2014 but has been unable to nail down a regular starting XI place for any considerable length of time.
But with Jose Mourinho now at the helm, Herrera has revealed he will play a slightly different role at Old Trafford this season.
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Herrera celebrated his 27th birthday with a fine opening day performance against Bournemouth. Playing alongside Marouane Fellaini, he sat deeper than usual and acted as the team's main anchor to link up the play.
As you would expect with a Mourinho side, this was no accident and the former Athletic Bilbao star admitted he had agreed to take up a more defensive position after a conversation with the manager.
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“I had to do a different role in the team and I think I can be important there for the manager,” Herrera told MUTV. “I have spoken with the manager and we are agreed with that, that I can be an important player for the team and that I can help the team in that position.
"I think I can win a lot of balls back for the team. My instinct is to try to win the ball back for the team as quickly as possible.
“I felt really, really good and not only with the ball, but also without it. The team was very compact, you can feel that always you are pressing the ball when you have two or three team-mates close to you, helping you, so I want to keep doing the same and helping the team."
Competition in United's midfield is as fierce as it has ever been for Herrera, particularly since the world record signing of Paul Pogba.
Like almost all of Pogba's new teammates, the Spaniard expressed his excitement at United's latest addition.
He added: “I think he’s a top player, maybe one of the best five players in the world that we have with us so it’s very important. He can recover the ball, he can shoot on goal, he can dribble and he can defend so he has everything. We are so lucky because we have him."
Despite the increased competition, displaying his versatility to be able adapt to a different role will certainly help Herrera's claims for more first team action this season.
And as Mourinho's men are also competing in the Europa League this year, all hands will need to be on deck for a successful campaign.
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