Ander Herrera still feels “important” at Manchester United despite seeing limited game time this season under Jose Mourinho.
The Spain international emerged as a key performer for the Red Devils in 2016-17, with his fine form recognised as he was named the club’s Player of the Year.
He has, however, been shunted down the pecking order following the £40 million arrival of Nemanja Matic, with the big-money Serb fitting seamlessly into a holding role.
Herrera has seen just 90 Premier League minutes as a result, but the 28-year-old remains confident that he has a role to play and that he can continue to learn from those around him.
He told reporters: “I feel as important as I did last season.
“I am a team player and I always say that and if the manager decides to keep me on the bench I will be ready. I said that last season and it is the same now.
“I can learn from Nemanja and from ‘Felly’ [Marouane Fellaini], he has some abilities that we don’t have in midfield. Paul Pogba is our most free midfielder and I can learn from him as well.
“I will try to enjoy every minute I have on the pitch. I want to win titles and feel part of the team and feel important and I really do feel important because the manager makes me feel important.”
Herrera has started just one game for United so far this season – a 2-2 draw away at Stoke on September 9.