It’s been a rough start at Paris Saint-Germain for Ander Herrera since joining the club on a free transfer from Manchester United.
Herrera has suffered a string of injuries that has kept him out of the team and most recently, the club revealed that he has a left quadriceps strain that will keep him out of Saturday’s match at Stade Brestois.
Injuries haven’t kept the Spaniard from making news though. Speaking to French magazine So Foot (via ESPN and Daily Mail), Herrera talked about his time in Manchester and the difference in footballing cultures between the Red Devils and Les Parisiens.
“I cannot talk about what was happening in previous seasons because I was not there, but since I’m here, what I see is that I’m in a club that thinks only and exclusively about football,” Herrera said.
“And I say it sincerely because sometimes, seen from the outside, PSG can have a glamorous side that can irritate some. But here we sweat, we train, we work!”
Herrera was then asked by the interviewer if this level of concentration on football is what he experienced in Manchester.
“I was very happy at that incredible club,” Herrera said. “I am very grateful to the supporters. Frankly, I was immensely happy there. However, at the club, there were times when I felt that football was not considered the most important thing.”
The 30-year-old midfielder was then asked if money was the priority with the Premier League club.
“I will not say it. That does not come out of my mouth. I do not know but football was not the most important thing in Manchester,” Herrera said. “I do not want to compare. All I know is that, here, I feel like I am breathing football on all sides—I like it.”
As if those quotes aren’t damaging enough, Herrera takes one more shot presumably at Manchester United’s executive vice-president Ed Woodward. When asked about PSG sporting director Leonardo and his level of participation, Herrera said that he is “there every day!”
These comments will surely ruffle some feathers on the red side of Manchester but given their current standing in the Premier League (10th) and lack of quality in their team, they have much more pressing issues to attend to.
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