Ander Herrera has sent a final message of gratitude to Manchester United supporters after it was announced that the Spaniard had completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The midfielder’s contract expired at the end of June after Herrera’s representatives, who were asking for £350,000-a-week, failed to reach an agreement with Man United over a new deal.
PSG were willing to offer something like that amount, along with a five-year contract – something Herrera was never getting at Old Trafford.
After the official unveiling, Herrera expressed his admiration for United supporters who were still sending him messages of goodwill even after he’d left Manchester.
Herrera: "Thanks to all united fans that are wishing me the best in my new Chapter, you are still supporting me even when I am not at the club anymore, thanks a lot from my heart, I have no words.” #mufc [Ig] pic.twitter.com/AAUVwi4SUr
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) July 5, 2019
Herrera will never get the love in Paris that he did in Manchester. The Parc des Princes is a brutal place, really, with ultras filling one end and the Parisian hoi polloi passively waiting for something to happen on the pitch.
United may, as Jose Mourinho notes, lack the right ‘football heritage’ at this moment in time, but that it pales in comparison to PSG, a place of soulless Ligue 1 triumphs, year on year, unable to mask their annual European ignominy.
It is not a club which will love him as United did. You can tell how much that love from supporters meant to him.