Ander Herrera.

'He is a proper Manchester United player'

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera was always somebody who understood what it took to represent the club and he appreciates the threat posed by his former team in the Champions League Group H opener.

After his press conference on Monday, the Spaniard had time for a chat with MUTV's Mark Sullivan in advance of the 20:00 BST kick-off at the Parc des Princes.

A fans' favourite during his time at Old Trafford, the 2017 Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year is in no doubt about the quality within Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

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“Bruno [Fernandes], with his attitude and character, is a proper Manchester United player,” he said. “When he missed the penalty the other day [at Newcastle United], and after played like that, it says a lot about him.

“David [De Gea] made one of the saves I was used to seeing [from Magpies striker Callum Wilson] when I was there, so it was not a surprise for me.

“It was United's best game so far this season. They won 4-1 but it could have been 6-1 or 7-1 as they played well. In my opinion, Juan [Mata] played his best game in the last couple of years. I am happy for him but a little bit worried about our game as well. When he's on fire, he's difficult to stop but we will try our best.

“I hope we can stop them and put our qualities, which we have a lot of, to try to beat you and then, after that, you know I wish the best for the club and the fans, and all the Mancunian people that I love so much.”

When the draw was made earlier this month, Herrera admits to having mixed feelings as he had a dream to come back to Manchester when he left the club for France.

“It was a little bit of a strange feeling,” he admitted. “First of all, I'm happy to be going back to Manchester in two months or a month and a half [2 December], and I was happy to see all the friends I have there.

“But it's difficult to do it without fans. That was a dream I had, a dream to go there to be able to thank the fans, one more time, for all the affection they had for me. To do it without fans means the situation and feeling is a little bit weird.”

RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir also make up the group, with their game kicking off in Germany at the same time.

The top two teams qualify for next year's knockout phase and Ander said: “Of course [I hope we both progress]. We as first and United second. Of course, I hope so.”

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