Ander Herrera parted ways with Manchester United after feeling “disrespected” by their contract offer.
The Spaniard arrived at Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2014, and went on to make 189 appearances for the club, winning the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, and the Europa League in the process.
The 29-year-old became a fan-favourite figure at the Theatre of Dreams, with a majority of the supporters wanting him to prolong his stay at Manchester United.
However, the midfielder recently confirmed that he would be departing from the club on a free transfer, after failing to agree terms with the Red Devils.
Now, reliable journalist Duncan Castles has shed light on Herrera’s decision to not pen down the new deal, revealing that the Spanish international left after Manchester United disrespected him by offering a contract with decreased wages.
“I think a key individual here is Ander Herrera, who has now left under freedom of contract. He was in a similar situation to De Gea in that he was asking for a new deal,” Castles told The Transfer Window podcast.
“I can tell you from more than one source, my information is that Herrera was actually proposed a pay cut by Manchester United to stay at the club – contrary to what you’ll have seen elsewhere, that he was demanding a massive increase to stay at the club.
“What actually happened, I’m reliably told, is they offered him a pay cut. He felt they disrespected him and then entered into negotiations with other clubs, including Paris St-Germain, he agreed a contract with PSG and left.
“It has been noted amongst Manchester United’s playing group that players like Chris Smalling or Phil Jones, English players, have been given pay rises and substantial long-term deals to stay at the club.”