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Ander Herrera has revealed he “didn’t feel the love” from Manchester United chief Ed Woodward before departing to join Paris St-Germain last year.
The Spain midfielder left United at the end of the 2018/19 campaign after failing to earn a new contract, meaning PSG were able to sign him on a free transfer.
On Tuesday night he could line up against his former club in the Champions League, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s side set to travel to Paris for their opening fixture in Group D.
And ahead of the clash, Herrera has opened up on his departure from Old Trafford, admitting it was “very painful” for him.
“My intention was not to leave the club and I was happy there – as happy as I am now here,” he told The Telegraph.
“It was not a secret. I was negotiating for more than one year but I expected more from the board after my third season at the club when I was player of the year.
“They didn’t come to me that summer; they didn’t even call me. And that was very painful for me because I had a feeling that I was giving everything.
“In saying that I have a huge respect for Ed Woodward, a huge respect for the board. They have always treated me fantastically.
“I know they want the best for Manchester United but in football, in life and in every company in the world sometimes you don’t think the same way and I respect that.
“If I see Ed I will give him a hug. We just had different opinions about Manchester United and, in my opinion, what the club should have done.
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“I want to make sure everyone understands there is nothing personal at all. That’s life. But it’s true – after the third season when I was player of the year, when I had the respect and the love from the fans, I didn’t feel that love from the club.”
Herrera made 189 appearances over five years with United, scoring 20 goals and winning the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.
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