Ander Herrera has revealed that he felt that football was not always the number one priority for Manchester United during his time at the club.
Manchester United have had a disastrous start to their 2019-2020 league campaign. Managing more losses than wins in their first 11 games. Ole Gunnar Solkjaer will be under tremendous pressure as the Red Devils face Brighton at home on Sunday. While many claim that its the players or manger at fault, former United Mid-fielder Ander Herrera seems to think otherwise.
The Spaniard spent 5 full seasons at United. He was also Manchester United’s Player of the year in the 2016-2017 season. The 30 year old won 4 trophies at the club including a Europa League. He left this season for PSG on a free transfer and since has made 7 appearances for his new club. One of the reasons for United’s failure this season has been not signing an alternative for Ander Herrera. The spaniard brought the fluidity in United, linking the Defence with the Attack. United have failed to bring another controlling mid-fielder. Hence, Pogba has had to play a deeper role which is not where he is most comfortable. However, those aren’t the only reasons for United’s downfall this season. Herrera believes that the United board is also at fault for the club’s performance these last few seasons.
Here’s what Herrera had to say…
Speaking to So Foot, via Sport Witness, Herrera stated that PSG have a rigorous work ethic that he is thriving within. “I cannot talk about what was happening in previous seasons because I was not there, but since I’m here, what I see is that I’m in a club that thinks only and exclusively about football,” the midfielder said. “And I say it sincerely, huh, because sometimes, seen from the outside, PSG can have a glamorous side that can irritate some. But here, we sweat, we train, we work! “When I arrive at the training centre, the physios, podiatrist and physical trainer are already at work… Football, football, football… Leonardo is there every day.”
“I was very happy at that incredible club. I am very grateful to the supporters. Frankly, I was immensely happy in Manchester, but at the club, there were times when I felt that football was not considered the most important thing,” Herrera continued “I don’t know, but football was not the most important thing in Manchester. I do not want to compare, all I know is that here, I feel like I’m breathing football on all sides. And I like it.”
Ed Woodward has been subject to criticism by many former players and coaches in the past. Having failed to prioritise football over Commercial ventures to maximise profit. Woodward has been criticised for getting in one but no silverware. Although Herrera did not mention any of Ed Woodward’s management style or his name in the interview, the Spaniard did reveal that he felt the Red Devils hierarchy were not always focussed on the footballing side of the club.