Ander Herrera bid farewell to Manchester United fans in quite emotional fashion this week.
The club on Monday announced the Spaniard’s departure via a video in which he expressed both love and regret for his time at Old Trafford.
Herrera spoke of the connection he felt on his first day at the club as well as the pain of leaving without a Premier League title.
Asked if he was disappointed that he never won the league, he said: “Of course, because 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.”
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Herrera was widely respected among the Red Devils faithful for demonstrating infectious passion whenever he played - something that can’t be said for most of his teammates this season.
United have suffered a lot during the past nine months, but the period leading to Jose Mourinho’s sacking has to be the nadir of the campaign.
The Portuguese won ten matches in all competitions before he was shown the door on 18 December, leaving a demoralised club in the sixth position where they would eventually finish.
Looking back on Mourinho’s turbulent reign, Herrera feels his former manager has been forced to shoulder too much of the blame.
“We have to take responsibility,” he told the club's official 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.
“It's very easy when a manager is sacked to blame someone else, but it is the fault of every one of us.
“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.”
Citing Mourinho’s efforts during the 2016-17 season, Herrera said: “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 didn't work. Not only because of him (but) because, I repeat, every player has responsibility.”
Despite leaving United with eight losses in their last 12 matches, Herrera is confident Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can steer them back to the top.
“The club will need time, confidence and support. I am sure they will give it but the only thing I ask for them is time because this is not easy.”News Now - Sport News