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Herrera says Manchester United players must take ‘responsibility’ as he offers support to Jose Mourinho

Ander Herrera says Manchester United’s players must ‘take responsibility’ after the club’s disappointing season.

United finished the campaign without silverware, whilst also missed out on qualification for next season’s Champions League as a dismal end of season run of form saw them finish sixth in the Premier League.

Spanish midfielder Herrera, who is leaving the club this summer at the expiry of his contract, says the players must take the blame for the club’s poor performances and also offered support to former manager Jose Mourinho who was sacked in December.

“We have to take responsibility,” Herrera told the Manchester United website. “All of us. It’s not fair to blame others. When you have a bad season, 75 per cent is the responsibility of the players.

“Every one of us has to take responsibility for what we have done wrong. It’s very easy when a manager is sacked to blame someone else but it is the fault of every one of us.

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“Every player in the dressing room has a responsibility for what has happened this season. We have done bad things.

“We have done some good things but, for Manchester United, it is not enough. Probably 14 teams, if they are sixth, they are happy, but Manchester United cannot be happy.

“I have been so happy playing for this club, playing for the biggest club, by far, in England and I have enjoyed every moment and I don’t have one bad word about anyone.

“Everyone I have shared this dressing room with wanted to win and they have been great professionals.

“If we are speaking about this last season, I have huge respect for Jose. He tried everything.

“The first season with him was quite successful. Then we were second and we had a lot of expectation for this season but it’s didn’t work. Not only because of him because, I repeat, every player has responsibility.

“Playing for this club has been a dream. I have always tried to represent this club always by giving my best. You are not going to hear one bad word about anyone because they don’t deserve it.”