Manchester United are a club in need of a culture change. The first team has been badly run over the past few years, with a questionable transfer strategy compounding their other problems. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tasked with fixing this issue, something that will likely take plenty of time.
Many have questioned the motives of the club’s owners. While Ed Woodward has struggled on the football side of things, the club have thrived financially. That has resulted in plenty of criticism directed towards the Glazers, who have been accused of being more interested in sucking money out of the club than winning football matches.
That seems to be a view shared by Ander Herrera. The Spaniard left the club in the summer, joining PSG on a free transfer.
Speaking to French outletSo Foot, he hinted that his new club were far more committed to actual football than his previous employers:
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 footbal.
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.
When pushed as to whether this was the case at Manchester United, 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…
That does not come out of my mouth (that money was the priority).
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.