Paris Saint Germain midfielder Ander Herrera has taken a swipe at former club Manchester United, suggesting that they didn’t consider football as an important thing for their club.
The Spanish midfielder who spent five seasons with United before leaving for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer in an interview with the French magazine So Foot said he was shocked by how PSG had valued the game.
“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.
“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.'
Happy at United
As a follow-up question, Herrera was asked whether this wasn't necessarily the case at United which 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 if his move was motivated by money Herrera said: “That does not come out of my mouth.
“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.'
United have just three major trophies since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013 with a section of fans claiming that they have lately concentrated on the market value than football.