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Aug 11, 2014

Ander Herrera eager for home debut

Following a dismal 2013-14 campaign under David Moyes, new manager Louis van Gaal will look to get Manchester United back to winning ways.

Ander Herrera says he "can't wait" to make his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt at Old Trafford.

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The midfielder joined the former Premier League champions from Athletic Bilbao in a 28.8 million-pound deal in June, and helped the Red Devils record five wins from as many games on their U.S. preseason tour.

Herrera and fellow summer signing Luke Shaw are set to play their first games in Manchester as United players when Valencia visit Old Trafford on Tuesday in what will also be new manager Louis van Gaal's home debut.

And Herrera told MUTV: "I know it's the Theatre of Dreams and I want to play there now, I can't wait. Things went well in America but we want to do the same in front of our supporters.

"I am really looking forward to the match. I know it's a friendly but I really want to win it. I played against Valencia a lot during my time in Spain, they always want to keep the ball and traditionally they are an offensive team and have just won the Emirates Cup, so it will be a good challenge for us."

Herrera played for Bilbao at Old Trafford in 2012 as the Spanish club beat the Red Devils 5-3 on aggregate in the last-16 of the Europa League.

Juan Mata, who played for Valencia before joining Chelsea in 2011, is set to face his former club and Herrera added: "It will be [particularly] special for Juan because he was at Valencia when he first started to play in the first division in Spain. It will be a big game for him but of course he wants a United win. We all do."

Left-back Shaw, who swapped Southampton for United in a 27 million-pound move, said it will be "a dream come true" to play at Old Trafford for his new club.

"To know it's going to be my home ground is something special," he told MUTV. "I can't wait to get my first touch on the pitch just to relish it."

United only finished seventh last season but Shaw has set his sights on a swift return to the top of the table.

He added: "We want to win the Premier League. Obviously there is no Champions League for us this season, so the main focus is on the Premier League and we all cannot wait to get started."

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As we count down to kickoff on Aug. 16, ESPN FC previews all 20 teams in this season's competition. Can Burnley, QPR and Leicester stay up? Will the new signings of Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and Adam Lallana help usurp Man City's crown? Will Manchester United get back on track under Louis van Gaal?

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