Ander Herrera left Manchester United on a free transfer this summer and signed for PSG. The club had seemingly been prepared to allow the Spaniard to leave but when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed in December he made a case for offering Herrera a new deal.

It was too little too late though, with Herrera having already made his decision to sign for PSG after United hadn’t shown any interest.

Having left the club now, Herrera has revealed that he was very happy at United and that winning the Sir Matt Busby player of the year award two years ago meant a lot to him. His feelings for United meant that he wasn’t interested in signing for a rival Premier League side.

I don’t like looking at the past but, there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it. I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club for, the fans and also Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay, but things didn’t happen. They arrived late and, by then, I’d already made the decision to play in Paris.

It’s been fantastic. In five years I played 189 games and have been important for all the coaches. It’s true that that the MVP [Sir Matt Busby award] makes one feel special and very happy. I keep every moment that I have lived.

Why PSG? Because to leave United, the biggest team in England, you need something like PSG, which is the biggest in France. I could not play in another English club.