More than one Manchester United supporter will be desperately hoping that this season will be the last one in their run of miserable form ever since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was expected to take the club back to great heights, but apart from his brilliant run of games initially, the Red Devils have ended the season on pretty much the same trajectory that they were expected to follow under Jose Mourinho.
It was a given that many players would not feature for the club from next season, with Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera confirmed departures at this point.
In his farewell message, Herrera painted a bright future for the side, pointing out the brilliance of two youngsters in particular, saying: “There are some good players and they think they are going to be great players — Mason Greenwood, Jimmy Garner. There are other players who need time because they are still very young. I am optimistic for the future but I ask the fans to give them time. Some of them might tell me to shut up because they have been waiting already.”
That last statement may be indicative of the mood that fans have kept the players in as of late.
Herrera also reflected on his turbulent stint at Old Trafford, painting a rosy picture despite the lows: “Of course because this is the greatest and biggest club in England. That was one of my dreams but it is what it is. I have won some trophies but the league is something I wanted to win.
“I have been here five years, not the five most successful years in the history of the club, but I have won four titles and lost two finals. In a bad moment for the club we have won some trophies. It shows how big the club is.”
Statements like this show precisely why the fans adored him during his tenure and why he’ll likely be missed by quite a few.