Ander Herrera has revealed the reason why he left Manchester United last summer, insisting he “deserved more attention” from the club.
The midfielder who eventually left for Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last summer has opened up on his on-off Old Trafford departure and admitted that he felt he was owed more respect from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
The 30-year-old midfielder scored 20 goals in 189 appearances for United in a five-year spell, winning the FA Cup, Europa League and Carabao Cup.
But despite his service at Old Trafford he was left in limbo towards the end of last season and when a contract extension offer did arrive he says the damage had already been done.
“It was not about money,” Herrera told The Athletic. “It was not about the duration of the contract offer.
“In my opinion, I waited too long (for an offer) and deserved more attention from the club. I was a player that gave everything. I never complained. I never went to the media to complain about anything.
“I never put a bad face to any manager, to any member of the board, and they waited until I had five or six months left on my contract.
“That’s why I had some disagreements with them. I tell you this but I also tell you that it is part of football, part of life, nothing personal at all – but you ask the question and I give my point of view, as a professional player.”
Last summer Herrera, who has picked up a Ligue 1 winners’ medal after the cancellation of the French domestic season, told Spanish newspaper Marca there was a difference in opinion between him and the club.
“I do not like looking at the past very much, but there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it.
“I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club and the fans for it and also Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay, but things did not happen, they arrived late, and by then I had already made the decision to play in Paris.”