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Louis van Gaal set to keep Ander Herrera at No 10 for Man United

By Paul Hirst

Published 29/08/2015

New role: Ander Herrera starred against Club Brugge
New role: Ander Herrera starred against Club Brugge

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is considering playing Ander Herrera in the number 10 role against Swansea after Adnan Januzaj was ruled out through injury.

Januzaj came off at half-time during United's 4-0 win over Club Brugge on Wednesday with an injury to his hip area.

After Januzaj came off, Van Gaal pushed Herrera into the number 10 position, just behind main striker Wayne Rooney, and the move turned out to be a masterstroke.

The speed of United's play improved markedly after the switch and the diminutive Spaniard set up Rooney for one of his three goals.

Van Gaal was impressed by Herrera's second-half performance in Bruges and he could be the man the United boss turns to for tomorrow's game at the Liberty Stadium.

"I started this season with Herrera as number 10 so it is possible (he will play)," the United manager said.

"I had a theoretical scheme in my head that he could play as a 10, and he did well against Club Brugge.

"Adnan Januzaj is injured so he cannot play. Marouane Fellaini is not suspended any more either so you never know."

Van Gaal watched a reserve team friendly against Ajax at Carrington on Thursday when Tyler Blackett, Antonio Valencia, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and James Wilson played the whole 90 minutes and Marcos Rojo also featured for an hour.

"It was very important we organised that game," he said.

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