Ander Herrera: I want to be like Paul Scholes

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is hoping to emulate Paul Scholes by scoring hundreds of goals for the club during his career at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has outlined his lofty ambition off the back of netting his second goal of the season in Sunday's 5-3 defeat against Leicester City, stating that he hopes there is many more to come from him in the future.

Herrera has impressed in the Red Devils midfield following his £29 million move from Athletic Bilbao over the summer, and has been one of few positives for Louis van Gaal to take from his debut campaign in the Premier League, after seeing his side slump to yet another defeat at the King Power Stadium this weekend.

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The Spain international admits that goalscoring is not one of his biggest attributes, but he says he is looking to develop that area of his game further, also picking out Scholes's brilliant work ethic and contribution in attack as reason to model his game on the Manchester United legend.

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"Goalscoring is not one of my best qualities but I think it's very important for midfielders," he told MUTV.

"The best midfielders in the world like Paul Scholes scored hundreds of goals. I want to make and score more goals and I wish one day that I can be like Scholes.

"I have a lot of respect for him and I always enjoyed watching him. He always worked hard, helped the team and always made a lot of chances not only for himself but for all his team-mates. I know it will be difficult but I wish that one day I can be similar to him."

Room for improvement

Despite a difficult start to the 2014/15 campaign Herrera still maintains a positive outlook, and having settled in well to life in England is optimistic about what the future holds.

"I am very happy of course because after a few months I have experienced everything - at Old Trafford, in the city and in the club. Now I know how big the club is.

"Being on tour was amazing, but when you come to Manchester and you play at Old Trafford you feel the real Manchester United.

"I'm really enjoying things and looking forward to the rest of the season. I want to help the team achieve our objectives."

2014/15 objectives

It's unclear exactly what those objectives are at the moment with Manchester United currently languishing in 12th place in the Premier League table with just one solitary win - last weekend's 4-0 thrashing of QPR - from their opening five games.

The Red Devils were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup following a shock 4-0 defeat against League One side MK Dons, making this year one of the worst starts to a campaign in recent history.

And, following yesterday's disappointing result against the newly-promoted Foxes there has been few signs of improvement despite Van Gaal spending more than £150 million on six new players during the summer transfer window in an attempt to change Manchester United's fortunes.

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