Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera with Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton Twitter/anderherrera8

Manchester United's new singing Ander Herrera has explained how he dealt with the collapse of his transfer to Old Trafford last season, claiming that he immersed himself in Athletic Bilbao before the English giants returned for him.

The Spaniard completed his expected move to United last week after Louis van Gaal's side agreed to meet his £29m release clause.

The transfer comes nine months after United first moved for Herrera, with several reports suggesting a deal was completed on transfer deadline day - only for Old Trafford officials to back out at the last minute.

Questioned during an interview with Manchester United television whether he thought his chance to move to Manchester had gone last September, Herrera said: "No [I didn't think my chance had gone]. I only thought about Athletic and playing football and going playing."

Asked whether it was difficult to leave Athletic, he said: "It is a great club. It is a family club but I think this change is unique and I wanted to carry on my progression."

The 24-year-old also revealed the influence of Juan Mata and David De Gea in his move to Old Trafford.

"I know they are very happy [here]. I was talking to them and they told me that this is the biggest club in the world and that we have a very good squad. We are very good friends and I am sure that they will help me to adapt and get to know the club."

Furthermore, he heaped praise on his new manager and claims he is looking forward to starting the season.

"Louis van Gaal is one of the best managers in the world and, for me, I am lucky to be working with him. I want to learn a lot of things and I can't wait to play with van Gaal, my new team-mates and for Manchester United.

"I am a midfielder and one of the best qualities I have is that I always want to be involved. I want the ball and want to help my team-mates. I know the Premier League and really like it. I think I will grow in the Premier League. It is one of the best leagues in the world."