Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has revealed he is modelling his game on that of Barcelona player Sergio Busquets.
Herrera is enjoying his best season at Old Trafford since joining in 2014, proving himself as a vital component in Jose Mourinho’s team.
Explaining what’s changed, Herrera revealed he has been studying his fellow Spaniard.
‘I like to see the things I can improve myself,’ said Herrera. ‘Sergio knows how to play in every moment.’
Busquets has built a reputation for doing Barcelona’s dirty work. His tough tackling and defensive abilities provide a platform for the Nou Camp’s attacking talents such as Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar to flourish. However, his histrionics and style of play also mark him out as one of the most disliked players among fans in Europe.
As well as studying Busquets, Herrera also spoke to United Review about the influence Jose Mourinho has had on him since arriving in the summer.
‘I know what he wants from me,’ said the former Athletic Bilbao player. ‘We have a clear relationship. I know what he expects from me and I will always try my best. I can make mistakes, as can any player, but the most important thing for me is the achievements of the club and the team. I think everyone knows in the club that I try to always give everything. Sometimes more successfully than other times but I try my best, always.’
He continued: ‘The manager has helped me a lot to find that position and to improve in that position. I am a team player. If I have to play 6, 8 or 10, I will be very happy. If I was at right-back, I would be happy as well. When you want to have a great season, there is no space for your own “likes”. I think you have the chance to help the team wherever the manager wants to play you. He will have no problem with me if I have to play wherever in the team.’