Ander Herrera believes Manchester United have made major improvements in the last 12 months under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but insists ‘it’s not going to be easy’ for them to beat Paris Saint-Germain when the two sides meet in the Champions League.
The 31-year-old midfielder spent five years at Old Trafford before completing a free transfer to PSG in July 2019 and could face his former club on Tuesday evening after being passed fit for the clash.
Thomas Tuchel’s men fell at the final hurdle last term, losing to Bayern Munich in the final, and will be determined to send out a message of intent at the Parc des Princes after a mixed start to the 2020/21 season.
The French champions have gone on a five-match winning streak after losing their two opening matches in Ligue 1 and Herrera is confident the team are in a good place as they prepare to kick off their European campaign.
‘The ambition is huge,’ the Spain international told The Telegraph.
‘It is only about winning. You cannot compare 142 years of history [at United] to 50 [at PSG] but the way this club has grown up is unbelievable.
‘In 50 years I don’t think there is a comparison in the way it has developed into one of the biggest clubs in Europe.’
Herrera says he’s happy to play the supporting role to PSG’s more high-profile players, such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
‘We have some big stars,’ he added.
‘They need players like me to help them perform at their best. I am so happy to be here and will always be happy as long as I am useful.
‘Not every player can say they are playing with some of the best players in the world and some of the best in history.
‘If I say that it’s not because I want to be a “fake humble”, it’s because I really think that this kind of star needs some players behind them to perform at their best and I think I am one of them.
‘At United I knew that Paul Pogba was special, [Zlatan] Ibra was special, Wayne Rooney was special, Marcus Rashford was special and I was there to help them and try to make them better players.’
‘The only thing I can tell you is that we (PSG) are in a good moment, we had a fantastic season last season and it’s not going to be easy for them to beat us.’
The Spaniard is expected to feature against United after recovering from coronavirus but PSG look set to be without Marquinhos, Julian Draxler, Marco Verratti and Mauro Icardi.
United summer signing Edinson Cavani could make his debut for the Red Devils against his former club in Paris.