Manchester United latest: Jones' role and Herrera completes £29m move

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones is keen to play as a centre back for the club next term after having appeared as a fullback and as a midfielder in recent seasons but insisted he would play ‘anywhere’ for United.

"I would like to go back to the club and cement a regular place. I have said in the past few years that sometimes it doesn't really affect me but it is nice to cement a regular place. Hopefully I can do that,” said Jones.

"You have seen me play centre-back, right-back and the holding role in midfield. Obviously I think I am an out and out defender. I say it every week I am happy to play anywhere for the Manchester United. That is for the manager to decide."

Meanwhile, United legend Paul Scholes doesn’t think the club should buy Luke Shaw as he believes the £34 million price tag on the Southampton and England youngster would be better spent on a top striker.

“For a left-back to be worth £34m shows how silly the game has gone. For that money I want a centre-forward who’s going to score 30 goals a season,” said the former Red Devils midfielder.

Luke Shaw insisted he doesn’t need to play in the Champions League to get into the England squad and perform amidst speculation over his future.

"I don't know. Obviously Champions League would help, playing against world-class players but you can't just say that because you look at other teams that have gone through the groups and they haven't got all Champions League players,” he explained in response to questions over the Three Lions’ display at the World Cup.

In transfer news, Ander Herrera has completed his move to Manchester United. The Spanish midfielder signed a four-year contract and will pay his own compensation fee from his buyout clause to Athletic Bilbao to join the Red Devils for £29 million.

“Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity. We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans,” said assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

Meanwhile, The Mirror reports that United are still chasing Alexis Sanchez who is becoming the subject of a transfer tussle between Arsenal, Liverpool and United.

The same source also claims United have had an opening bid for Thomas Vermaelen rejected by Arsenal for their captain.

In other news, United earned €44,775,000 in prize money from their Champions League campaign in 2013/14 it was revealed today. The Red Devils were fourth in the highest earning clubs list behind winners Real Madrid and runners up Atletico Madrid as well as French champions Paris Saint Germain and were the highest earning English club in the competition last term.

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