Ander Herrera: Manchester United right team in right league

Ander Herrera has expressed his desire to remain at Old Trafford for years to come, describing Manchester United as the "right team in the right league."

Herrera has come through a testing first six months in English football that saw him begin the season in the team before having a reduced role as a substitute.

That led to suggestions manager Louis van Gaal did not rate the £29 million summer signing from Athletic Bilbao. However, the 25-year-old has now started the last eight matches and scored twice in Saturday's 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

"I'm very happy. Even when I was not playing, I was also happy. I am at Manchester United. I feel really lucky to be here," he told United Review.

"It's my dream to be here for a long time because I am in the right team, in the right league and in the right country. I want to stay at the club for many years to come.

"I feel I quickly adapted to this league and this country because I am so comfortable here.

"I think [we at] Manchester United are always helping each other to adapt and to feel like we're at home. I feel really good at United and I hope to stay here for a long time.

"The manager has to decide who is playing or not but we have to respect always the decision he makes. The manager wants the best for the team, the best for us and we have to follow him always."

Meanwhile, United teammate Juan Mata said he is delighted with the team's form in the buildup to Sunday's derby against Manchester City and praised Herrera's performance against Villa.

Discussing Saturday's win, the Spaniard wrote on his personal blog: "The team performed at a very high level. We fought from the very first minute to win the game and we were able to score in decisive moments to make things difficult for Aston Villa. We tried to use both wings and circulate the ball fast, and actually that's how we scored. Three great goals I'd say.

"Wayne [Rooney]'s goal was spectacular, really nice to watch -- not many players can score a goal like that. And two more goals from Ander. I think this is the first time he scores twice in a game and I'm very happy for him! The truth is he deserves it. He is a genius on and off the pitch and I know how happy he was after the game.

"The team is improving. This is our fifth consecutive win in the Premiership and we want to keep this streak. Winning the derby against City the next Sunday could be very important for the battle in the top four."