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Thursday 14 December 2017

Herrera wants to add more goals to his United game

Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera (inset) is determined to continue his goalscoring form for the club, after finding the net against Swansea last weekend.

The Spaniard's strike at the Liberty Stadium was his fifth for the Reds, which means he's already equalled his best total for a season - achieved last term with Athletic Bilbao.

He's currently on an upward trend from one year to the next, dating back to his debut campaign, 2009/10, when a consolation effort in Real Zaragoza's 4-1 defeat to Real Mallorca was his only goal. Herrera doubled his yield in 2010/11, netting against Malaga and later helping Zaragoza to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Valencia.

Herrera had to wait until November for his first goal of 2011/12, scored for his home-town team Athletic Bilbao against Salzburg, and he notched his second strike at Barcelona's expense just three days later. The midfielder again scored twice in 2012/13, and after matching last season's haul of five, he's keen to keep up the pace - albeit without setting himself a figure to hit by the end of May.

"I haven't really got a target for goals, I think we're a very attacking side and I just want to help," he said.

"I knew that scoring goals was one of the things I could improve on, but I don't want to stop now, I want to keep working and helping the team. The most important thing is that we win, but of course, when I score I'm happy." The players' attentions now turn to Saturday's home league clash with Sunderland, with Herrera seeing an opportunity to climb the table again.

"I think the next game is always the biggest game," he added. "We can regain third position because Southampton had a tough game (against Liverpool). Our goal is to get Champions League football.

"We didn't beat Sunderland at the start of the season, and now we have a good chance to beat them at home. We must start the game on top."

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