Ander Herrera Implies Business, Not Football Comes First at Man United

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For the #WoodwardOut and #GlazersOut crowd, the commentary of former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera will be music to their ears. For anyone who takes the stance that MUFC is a more or less a corporate branding/merchandising/marketing organization that also plays some football, Herrera’s comments will essentially back up your stance.

It’s kind of like a whistleblower in a way. Ander Herrera was certainly a man who played for the badge when he was at Old Trafford. No one took the Manchester derby rivalry more seriously and he won the club’s player of the year award during his stint there. Now having moved on to Paris Saint-Germain, transferring over on a free this past summer, he spoke about the differences between PSG and MUFC.

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“I was very happy at that incredible club,” the Basque country native said to So Foot.

“I am very grateful to the supporters. Frankly, I was immensely happy there. However, at the club, there were times when I felt that football was not considered the most important thing.”

The interviewer then pressed Herrera on what MUFC’s top priority is, asking “business?”

The midfielder then affirmed without refusing to affirm.

“I will not say it. That does not come out of my mouth. I do not 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 am breathing football on all sides — I like it.”

He later added his observation that PSG sporting director Leonardo is present around the club every single day, a remark that could be interpreted as a slam at United executive vice president Ed Woodward.

“Leonardo is there every day!” Ander Herrera added.

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  1. Colin Clarke says

    Anders is only confirming what every United supporter has suspected for years that United is a cash cow to the Glaser’s and the football comes second to them. It’s also telling the Ed Woodward’s office is in London not Manchester. Only saying….. But it is terrible to lose a quality player like Herrera because they wanted him to take a paycut yet the offer new contracts to Young, Smalling, Lingard and are over paying Pogba. Bad Bad Business

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