Ander Herrera: My Man United target for this season

Ander Herrera says he is focused on hitting double figures for Manchester United this season

Ander Herrera has his sights set on hitting double figures for Manchester United this season.

The Spain international midfielder netted his second goal of the campaign last weekend as he confidently dispatched his penalty to help United on their way to a 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Herrera netted eight goals last season as he helped Louis van Gaal’s men secure a top-four finish and a return to the Champions League.

However, the midfielder is determined to find the net on a more regular basis for the Red Devils this term as he bids to hold down a starting spot in Van Gaal’s first team.

Herrera told MUTV: “Last season, I scored eight and I want to keep growing, I want to keep scoring for the team. When you are a midfielder and you score a good number of goals, I think it makes you even better. It’s very important for midfielders so I will try to do it.

“I have to say thank you to Bryan Robson if he thinks I can score 12 to 15 goals, it means he believes in me. I believe also in myself. I think I can achieve that number of goals but it is not so easy.

“I think I have to be close to the situations to score, that is what I have to do. If I score, it’s much better and I will be happier but the most important thing is to be ready to score; that is what the manager wants from me. We don’t want to give the whole responsibility for scoring goals to Wayne or Martial or Memphis, to the strikers. Everyone has to help.”

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The Spaniard will be hoping to feature when United take on Southampton in the Premier League at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.

Victory for the Red Devils would move them to within two points of leaders Manchester City after Manuel Pellegrini’s men lost to West Ham on Saturday.

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