Manchester United last night completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera.

An initial offer of £28.85m was rejected by Athletic Bilbao, although the move was confirmed after United met the release clause in the player's contract.

Herrera - who has signed a four-year contract - becomes the first player to arrive at Old Trafford since Louis van Gaal was named as manager. "Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true," said Herrera. "I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far.

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"I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club's objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday I'm excited to now be living in Manchester and I can't wait for my first game in United's famous red shirt."