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EPL: City will not make you win trophies – Herrera gives transfer advice to Manchester United

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Former Manchester United midfielder, Ander Herrera has advised the Red Devils to avoid marquee signings this summer, insisting that their rivals would not make them win trophies.


Herrara wants Man United to make sure the ‘foundations’ of the team are strengthened.

Speaking to Manchester United’s Scandinavian supporters club, the Spaniard said: “When you make a building, you have to start from the foundations, and sometimes I saw that the club tried to sign stars and stars and stars, but we sometimes needed team players, you know what I mean?

“We can see even Manchester City, it is painful for us, very, very painful, but they started from the back. You remember when they signed Kyle Walker when they signed Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho? They are not going to make you win trophies, but without them, you are not going to win, that’s for sure.

“And now I think United have done it, with Lisandro Martinez – I love Lisandro! – and I love Casemiro, the way he plays: for the club, for the badge.

“But sometimes I saw that they tried to sign stars when we needed a base, something to make those stars shine.”

He added, “For example, I remember a season where we had Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, we had so many attacking players and then in the midfield, you had to put Wayne Rooney because we did not have enough players. I would try to make that balance, and then with that solidity, you can make the stars shine. That’s my philosophy.”

Herrara spent five seasons at Man United, during which time he won the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, though they never seriously challenged for the Premier League title.