Spanish midfielder, Ander Herrera, is counting down the days to the end of his contract after it was confirmed he would not be getting an extension at Old Trafford. And now, the 29-year-old has commented on who the best man for the manager’s job at the Red Devils is.
Herrera’s imminent exit from the red side of Manchester was confirmed in an emotional clip posted on social media by the club on Saturday morning ahead of the final game of the Premier League this season – United fell 2-0 at home to already relegated Cardiff City.
A goodbye message from @AnderHerrera. ? #MUFC pic.twitter.com/z56bmBwXa9
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 11, 2019
That result ensured the reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager of the club this season ended on a low, with the club winning just two of their last nine matches in all competitions.
It is in stark contrast to Solskjaer winning 14 of his first 19 matches in all competitions, interestingly starting with a 5-1 demolition Cardiff City in a match Herrera scored a spectacular effort.
Ander Herrera scored this screamer against Cardiff in Ole Gunnar's first game. ? ? pic.twitter.com/RPubbjiong
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Instead, Since losing at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup back in March, Solskjaer has seen the Red Devils lose six of their last 10 matches – including a run that saw United lose to Barcelona, Everton and Manchester City by an aggregate score of 9-0 in the space of eight days to effectively end all their aspirations for the season.
Despite the slump in form, however, Herrera has told fans of the Red Devils that Solksjaer remains the right man for the job, saying sooner or later things will begin to work in Solskjaer’s favour at the club. “I really believe in Ole,” he told the club’s official website.
Herrera said: “I really believe in Michael [Carrick], Kieran [McKenna], Mike Phelan and in Demps [Mark Dempsey], but I think there is a tough job ahead.”
He also said: “They need time because this is not going to be from the first day. He is one of the best people I have ever met in football. Everyone loves him in the dressing room. Everyone wants to fight for him.”
The midfielder, linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, added: “When you have the players behind you and wanting to fight for you, part of the job is done. I believe in karma and if you are a good person, if you are honest and sincere with the players and the fans, sooner or later it will work.
“I think Ole is the right person because he has qualities and knowledge but, also, he is a great man and a great person,” said the departing United midfielder.
Meanwhile, Herrera also revealed his biggest regret from his five years as a United player was being unable to lift the Premier League title. The club last won the league in 2013, which coincidentally was the last days of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.
“This is the greatest and biggest club in England and that was one of my dreams. I have won some trophies but the league is something I wanted to win,” he said.
Herrera continued: “I have been here five years, not the five most successful years in the history of the club. In a bad moment for the club, we have won some trophies. It shows how big the club is.”
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