Ander Herrera admits football sometimes not the most important thing at Man Utd

Former Man Utd

midfielder Ander Herrera has hinted that football was not the club’s primary concern during his time at Old Trafford.

The Spanish midfielder spent five years with the Red Devils, but departed in the summer on a free transfer to PSG .

Herrera won a handful of trophies during his time in Manchester, but he claims the performance on the pitch was not always the sole focus.

When asked by So Foot how life at his new club was panning out, Herrera said: “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 thinks only and exclusively about football.

Herrera is enjoying PSG's approach to on-field success
Herrera is enjoying PSG’s approach to on-field success
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“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… Leonardo is there every day.”

The midfielder claims football was not always priority at United
The midfielder claims football was not always priority at United
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But adding of his old club United, Herrera said: “I was very 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.”

Ed Woodward has been criticised for his focus on commercial dealings
Ed Woodward has been criticised for his focus on commercial dealings
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United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been criticised previously for placing higher importance on the club’s commercial dealings over those related to team affairs.

When prompted on what he meant by his statement, Herrera would not comment further, but added: “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.”

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Woodward has hit out at any criticisms, insisting that despite the club’s commercial success, footballer matters take precedence over off-field business.

“If you look at the way the approach changed under the Glazers for commercial activity, that has brought in an extra £2.5-£3.5billion,” Woodward said. “We have spent a lot of money on players.”

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