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Herrera: My intention was not to leave Man United

Ander Herrera (Getty Images)
Ander Herrera (Getty Images)

Ander Herrera admits he hasn't always seen eye to eye with Manchester United but defended the decisions of the board.

Herrera joined Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent upon the expiration of his Man United contract last summer, reportedly feeling 'disrespected' at the offer of a pay cut to stay at Old Trafford.

The midfielder himself cited "differences" between himself and the club, as well as a failure in communication, as the key reasons behind his departure.

But he has defended the oft-criticised Man United board, suggesting that "they really suffer when things don’t go well".

"When I look back a year ago, my intention was not to leave Manchester United," Herrera told ESPN.

"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.

"I disagreed with some of the decisions they made but this happens in football. It 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 added that he "didn’t celebrate" PSG being awarded the Ligue Un title despite it being the first domestic league championship of his career.

"I love football, but I love to play football and win trophies on the pitch," he said.

"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 team-mates.

"I haven't won a league title since I was a professional because in Manchester, we had the possibility to win some trophies but not the Premier League, so I was looking forward to it, but we couldn't do it on the pitch.

"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."

- TEAMtalk media

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