Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera in 2-0 win over Chelsea
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'My intention was not to leave Manchester United' – Herrera opens up on Old Trafford exit

Ander Herrera has opened up on his Manchester United exit and admits it was not initially his ‘intention’ to leave the club before making the decision to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Herrera established himself as a key figure in the club’s midfield under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before leaving Old Trafford to join PSG on a free transfer last summer, with reports the Spaniard had opted to depart after the Manchester United board failed to match his wage demands of £300,000-a-week.

The midfielder has now opened up on his departure from English football and insists he retains a lot of respect for his former side, but admitted disagreements with the Old Trafford hierarchy were behind his decision to sign for the French champions at the expiry of his contract.

“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.

“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.”

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