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Ander Herrera hits out at Man Utd hierarchy for undermining his “importance” at Old Trafford

By Ben Green

Published: 12:14, 9 July 2019

Ander Herrera has claimed Manchester United undervalued his “importance” within the squad, which contributed to his decision to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Spain international failed to agree a new contract at Old Trafford and left on a free transfer for the Parisians earlier this month.

Why has Herrera hit out? Five things to know… 

  • Negotiations regarding a contract extension were conducted during 2018/19, but the two parties failed to reach an agreement.
  • As such, Herrera left Man Utd for PSG on a free transfer after five years in the North West.
  • The 29-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the French champions.
  • It is believed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was eager to retain the midfielder’s services.
  • But Herrera has suggested the board didn’t appreciate his “importance” within the squad.

There is a growing belief that Solskjaer is actively trying to shift some of the deadwood in his squad, though reports suggest the Norwegian wanted to keep hold of Herrera.

The Bilbao-born midfielder has now revealed the reason for his departure, claiming Solskjaer tried to persuade him to stay but ultimately the Man Utd hierarchy was too hesitant in their negotiations.

Speaking to Marca, he said: “I don’t like looking at the past but there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it.

“I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club for, the fans and also Solskjaer.

“He did a lot for me to stay, but things didn’t happen. They arrived late and, by then, I’d already made the decision to play in Paris.”

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Herrera shows Man Utd loyalty

Talking about his recent transfer, Herrera went on to claim that winning United’s Player of the Year award in 2017 was among his career highlights, while also revealing that he never considered joining another English club.

He continued: “It has been fantastic. In five years I have played 189 games and I have been important for all the coaches.

“It is true that that the MVP (Sir Matt Busby Award) makes one feel special and very happy, I keep every moment that I have lived.

“Why PSG? Because to leave United, the biggest team in England, you need something like PSG, which is the biggest in France. I could not play in another English club”