Ander Herrera will demand showdown talks with Louis van Gaal as his career continues to stall at Manchester United.
A report by the Daily Star's chief sports writer Jeremy Cross has claimed that Herrera is growing disillusioned with life under the Dutchman and is frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities.
Herrera was brought to the club from Atletic Bilbao in a £29million deal in June 2014. He arrived just weeks before Van Gaal took charge, but it was believed the manager had signed off on the transfer before it was confirmed.
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But Herrera has never had a real chance to establish himself in his squad and has made just 32 appearances thus far. An impressive run of performances had a number of fans lumping praise on the Spaniard, but Van Gaal has continued to rotate him in and out of the squad.
Having seen Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger arrive in the summer transfer window, Herrera is worried that his career will continue to go backwards and is looking to reaffirm his position by holding crunch talks with Van Gaal.
A source told the same report: "Ander is worried about his lack of progress at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal.
"He feels like he's lost his identity as a player and doesn't know what his role is anymore.
"His situation appears to be getting worse and he's worried his career is going backwards, so there will have to be a chat with the manager."
Half the player he was
This report has emerged only days after Telegraph journalist Jason Burt claimed a Manchester United player had told him he was half the player he could be because of the way Van Gaal was using him.
Although there are a number of candidates for the mystery player, no one would be surprised if Herrera turned out to be that player. At Athletic Bilbao, Herrera was one of Europe's best performing midfielders but has now seen his standing fall significantly.
It seems clear that Van Gaal has no plans to utilise his playmaking talents in his current squad and a return to Spain looks inevitable.
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