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Ander Herrera opens up over Manchester United exit, revealing he never wanted to leave and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tried to stop PSG move

Ander Herrera has insisted it was never his intention to leave Manchester United and revealed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was desperate for him to stay at Old Trafford.

Having moved to United from Athletic Bilbao for £36million in 2014, making 189 appearances in a five-year spell at the club, Herrera joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Herrera moved to PSG last summer but has only made nine league appearances for the French side this term

After a breakdown in talks with Old Trafford chiefs over a new deal, the Spaniard joined the French champions on a free transfer.

“When I look back a year ago, my intention was not to leave Manchester United,” Herrera told ESPN.

“I had some different opinions with the board but I respect them. I respect them a lot.

“They do things for Manchester United and I disagree with the people who say they don’t.

“They really suffer when things don’t go well and they really fight to bring Manchester United back.

“I disagreed with some of the decisions they made but this happens in football. It happens in every company.

Herrera claimed Solskjaer wanted him to stay, but he had already agreed terms to move to PSG
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“Apart from that, I respect them. I had a great relationship with Ed Woodward and with the owners when they came so I have nothing to complain about with them.

“He [Solskjaer] did a lot for me to stay, but things did not happen, they [United] arrived late, and by then I had already made the decision to play in Paris.”

With coronavirus wreaking havoc on the sporting calendar, PSG were crowned champions last week after the French government extended their suspension of sporting events until September.

And despite expressing his happiness to win a first top flight title in his career, Herrera admitted he did not celebrate given the manner in which the title was awarded.

“To be honest, I didn’t celebrate it,” Herrera said. “I love football but I love to play football and win trophies on the pitch.

“Of course, it’s good to have one more title but it’s not the same. I wanted to celebrate with our fans and my team-mates.

“I haven’t won a league title since I was a professional because in Manchester we had the possibility to win some trophies but not the Premier League, so I was looking forward to it but we couldn’t do it on the pitch.

“To be honest, it’s quite sad to win my first league title like this.”

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