Ander Herrera takes swipe at Man United chiefs over obsession with money

‘I felt that football was not considered the most important thing’: Ander Herrera takes swipe at Man United chiefs as Spanish midfielder reveals move to PSG was culture shock

  • Ander Herrera left Man United to join Paris Saint-Germain for free in the summer
  • Spanish midfielder spent five seasons playing for the Old Trafford club
  • Herrera has suggested in an interview football wasn’t the main focus at United
  • It will be seen as a swipe at Ed Woodward and United’s commercial ambitions 

Ander Herrera has taken a swipe at former club Manchester United, suggesting that football ‘was not considered the most important thing’ at Old Trafford.

The Spanish midfielder spent five seasons with United before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer.

And, in an interview with the French magazine So Foot, Herrera has revealed how the relentless emphasis on football at PSG proved something of a culture shock from his time at United.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera has taken a swipe at his old club Manchester United by saying that football ‘was not considered the most important thing’ at Old Trafford

Herrera's comments appear to be a dig at Ed Woodward and United's emphasis on money

Herrera’s comments appear to be a dig at Ed Woodward and United’s emphasis on money

‘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 think only and exclusively about football,’ Herrera said.

‘And I say it sincerely 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.’

As a follow-up question, Herrera was asked whether this wasn’t necessarily the case at United.

Herrera spent five seasons at United before joining PSG on a free transfer back in the summer

Herrera spent five seasons at United before joining PSG on a free transfer back in the summer

He replied: ‘I was 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.’

When asked whether money was the top priority, Herrera said: ‘That does not come out of my mouth.

Herrera said he was happy at United but says the focus on football at PSG was a culture shock

Herrera said he was happy at United but says the focus on football at PSG was a culture shock

‘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.’

His comments could be interpreted as a swipe at United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and their relentless pursuit of commercial gain at the expense of winning on the pitch.

United are one of the world’s most wealthy clubs but have won just three major trophies since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013.

 


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