Ander Herrera believes Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a “tough job” ahead of him but insists the Norwegian is the “right person” to bring success.
United ended a difficult Premier League campaign with a shock 2-0 defeat at home to already-relegated Cardiff, leaving them sixth in the Premier League and 32 points behind neighbours and champions Manchester City.
Solskjaer admitted he was “embarrassed” by Manchester United’s fans clapping their players after Sunday’s defeat and the Norwegian said a title challenge next season would take a “miracle”.
However, Herrera, who announced last week that he will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires in the summer, pleaded with the club’s fans – and he now counts himself as one – to retain patience and trust.
“I really believe in Ole. I really believe in Michael [Carrick], Kieran [McKenna], Mick Phelan, in Demps (Mark Dempsey), but I think there is a tough job ahead.
“That is my opinion as a fan and as someone who knows the club at the moment.
“These fans are the best, they are amazing, but they need time. They need time because this is not going to be from the first day. 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.
“[But] the right person is at the wheel. He’s the right person.”
Herrera, who is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, insists everyone in the United squad wants to “fight” for Solskjaer, after a six-match run without a win in all competitions.
“He is one of the best people I have ever met in football. Everyone loves him in the dressing room. Everyone wants to fight for him,” Herrera added.
“When you have the players behind you and wanting to fight for you, part of the job is done.
“I believe in karma and if you are a good person, if you are honest and sincere with the players and the fans, sooner or later it will work.
“I think Ole is the right person because he has qualities and knowledge but also he is a great man and a great person.”
Herrera made 189 appearances since joining from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2014, winning the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League, but the Premier League eluded him.
“I have won some trophies but the league is something I wanted to win. This is the greatest and biggest club in England. That was one of my dreams but it is what it is.