‘My intention was not to leave’: Ander Herrera reveals he wanted to stay at Manchester United

‘My intention was not to leave’: Ander Herrera reveals he wanted to stay at Manchester United but a ‘difference of opinions’ with the board led to his exit

  • Ander Herrera joined PSG from Man United on a free transfer last summer
  • The Spaniard has made 189 appearances in five seasons at Old Trafford 
  • He decided not to sign a new contract because of disagreements with the board

Ander Herrera has revealed that he didn’t want to leave Manchester United but did so because of a difference of opinions with the board.

Herrera’s five-year spell at Old Trafford came to an end when he joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer after his contract had expired. 

The midfielder scored 20 goals in 189 appearances for the Red Devils, helping them win an FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League in the process.

Ander Herrera has said that he did not want to leave Manchester United last summer

Reflecting on his departure from Old Trafford, Herrera told ESPN FC: ‘When I look back a year ago, my intention was not to leave Manchester United.   

‘I had some different opinions with the board but I respect them. I respect them a lot. They do things for Manchester United and I disagree with the people who say they don’t. 

‘They really suffer when things don’t go well and they really fight to bring Manchester United back. 

Herrera says a difference of opinions with the board was the reason for his departure

Herrera says a difference of opinions with the board was the reason for his departure

‘I disagreed with some of the decisions they made but this happens in football. In happens in every company.

‘Apart from that, I respect them. I had a great relationship with Ed Woodward and with the owners when they came so I have nothing to complain about with them.’

Herrera won the first league title of his career last week after it was confirmed that PSG would be crowned champions with the Ligue 1 ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spaniard joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after his contract expired

The Spaniard joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after his contract expired 

But Herrera says he did not celebrate the announcement, adding: ‘To be honest, I didn’t celebrate it. I love football but I love to play football and win trophies on the pitch. 

‘Of course, it’s good to have one more title but it’s not the same. I wanted to celebrate with our fans and my teammates. 

‘I think it’s well deserved because we were 12 points ahead of Marseille but it is what it is. To be honest, it’s quite sad to win my first league title like this.’