Ander Herrera believes ex-Manchester United are headed in the right direction under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in what has been an ‘impossible job’ since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
United have failed to claim the Premier League title since Ferguson once called them in 2013, after winning their 13th league title.
David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho failed to clinch a long-awaited league title with Solskjaer, the last manager of the post-Ferguson era, trying to revive the club’s glory days.
And PSG midfielder Herrera, who will line up against his former team on Tuesday night – a game that is LIVE on talkSPORT – believes United is showing signs that they are ‘moving forward’ with strategy. clear recruitment.
“Manchester United are the biggest club in the UK – it’s the club I’m a fan of in the UK – but we have to be fair about the situation,” Herrera said.
“All the other teams have improved a lot. Now we have more competition for titles than ever before.
“What Sir Alex Ferguson has done for the club is hard to compare with any other manager or even any other club.
“I think Manchester United shouldn’t forget – because the memories are good and all the fans have it in mind – but it’s a new situation, it’s a new era, it’s a new Premier League , this is new football.
“They’re making progress, I think. They’ve signed the right players, in my opinion, and they’re going to improve and they are progressing.
“I don’t think they’re backing down. I think they are moving forward.
The group opener of the Champions League at Parc des Princes sees the Red Devils return to the scene of one of their biggest European returns.
United’s last 3-1 victory in March 2019 saw Solskjaer’s side become the first team in the competition’s history to overcome a two-goal loss at home and advance after a knockout game.
Herrera was part of the squad that stunned PSG before joining the French side for a free transfer that summer and was part of the 2019/20 Champions League final.
“I was a Manchester United player at the time, so of course I was very happy with the result,” said Herrera, reflecting on that famous victory 19 months ago.
“We played a lot of new players. Lots of first-team players were injured at the time. We had hope and we played well, and we won, so I was very happy.
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“Now it’s different. I am a Parisian player. I don’t know if I will start or not.
“Whatever happens, I play for Paris and Paris is in my head. I’m going to play the best I can and make sure we win.
“The memories are good but it’s a completely different game. No fans, different atmosphere. We are ready to win now. “
Although there was no shared loyalty on Tuesday, Herrera clearly still loves United and has many friends at a club where he was a popular figure.
The 31-year-old won the 2016/17 Player of the Year award from Sir Matt Busby and continues to keep a close watch on his former club, which he accused of having priorities other than football shortly after his departure.
Herrera would not be drawn to the comments until facing his former club, claiming instead that they are on the right track despite the negative background noise.