Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera missed Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Getty

Ander Herrera has confirmed he missed Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday because of a "little injury."

The Spanish midfielder was not included in the squad for the Premier League fixture at Villa Park as Louis van Gaal was also without Marouane Fellaini because of illness. The absence of the key duo forced the Dutchman to play Darren Fletcher against Villa.

Herrera took to a social networking site to confirm the injury and urged him to make a quick comeback.

"Well done mates! One more point to keep us in the top positions. I can't be with the team today due to a little injury, but I will be ready again soon. Cheers to everyone!" Herrera wrote on his official Instagram page.

The former Athletic Bilbao man now joins Chris Smalling and summer signings Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind on the treatment table.

Meanwhile, Luke Shaw has returned to training after recovering from the ankle knock he picked up during United's 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

United have a busy schedule ahead of the festive season. They face Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City and Yeovil Town (FA Cup) in a space of 10 days, starting next Friday.

Van Gaal will be hoping that several of his injured players return to action as he saw Angel Di Maria start from the bench against Villa on Saturday.

Meanwhile, United skipper Wayne Rooney has expressed his frustration after the Red Devils settled for a draw against a 10-man Villa.

"We're disappointed. I thought we were the better team and their goal came against the run of play. We came out for the second half knowing that we had to push for an early goal, and managed to do that," Rooney told United's official website.

"When they went down to ten men, they put more bodies behind the ball which made it a bit more difficult, but perhaps our final pass or cross wasn't there. We've missed an opportunity today."

"They knew that after the red card they would have to defend with men behind the ball, and sometimes it can be difficult. It was frustrating, their goal came from a free-kick and deflected into the top corner, but these things happen."

"We had to lift ourselves and we did well to get the goal after the break, we just couldn't find a second," he added.