Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has backed his compatriots Juan Mata and Ander Herrera to convince manager Louis van Gaal they deserve a place in his starting line-up after a difficult start to the life under the new boss.
Mata moved to Old Trafford during the January transfer window after David Moyes agreed to pay £37m to Chelsea, and quickly became a regular for the Scot.
Herrera became van Gaal's first United addition this summer after the Premier League giants met the £29m release clause imposed by Athletic Bilbao.
But Herrera is also failing to convince the manager he deserves a regular place in his line-up.
Having struggled with a couple of injuries since the beginning of the campaign, the Spaniard has been an unused substitute in the last three Premier League games.
Asked about the £66m pair's situation during an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, De Gea said: "It is the manager's decision but they are great players.
"Mata scored a goal in the last game [against Palace] to give us the victory. I am sure they will eventually manage to get a lot of minutes.
"We are in a difficult situation and the manager has opted to introduce other players. But with the talent they have I am sure they will eventually be in the line-up".