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Herrera happy playing next to Pogba

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says he’s more than happy to play next to Paul Pogba and take on a more defensive role.

Herrera, 27, has started the past couple of games next to Pogba and has done a good job adjusting to a more defensive role than what he’s used to. His performances this season earned him a call up to the Spanish national team for the games against Italy and Albania in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

“It is going well,” Herrera told Goal. “I also have a great example in that position in Michael Carrick, because he has been one of the best players in the last decade, and I think I can learn a lot from him.

“But Paul is a very strong, very physical player who shoots with both feet. He can dribble, he can defend. He has it all.

“I can then stay back to steal the ball, to keep the position, and from there initiate attacks. I’m fine, and I’ll try to provide everything that the manager asks of me.”

The Bilbao native was on the bench for Spain in the 1-1 draw against Italy on Thursday, but could get his first cap on Saturday when they take on Albania.

“I am a team player and I will do whatever he asks of me, but I’m very happy ahead of the defensive line,” Herrera said.

“But now I think I have some consistency. I know I have to keep working to earn [United manager Jose] Mourinho’s confidence even more, but it is true that I feel good in the new position and it’s also true that maybe that little change of position was what has allowed me to receive a Spain call-up.”

Herrera happy playing next to Pogba

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