Manchester United ended the 2018-19 campaign on the most disappointing of notes, finishing the season without a silverware and outside the English Premier League top-four places.
The Red Devils will be playing in the Europa League next season after ending up in sixth place in the league table, and their dismal campaign was summed up by the 2-0 loss to relegated Cardiff City at Old Trafford on the last day of the season.
As a result, some of the United faithful had a go at French midfielder Paul Pogba after the match, but departing Spaniard Ander Herrera wants the fans to emulate their Liverpool counterparts and be patient instead.
“The club will need time, confidence and support,” Herrera said, as reported by Evening Standard.
“I am sure they will give it but the only thing I ask for them is time because this is not easy. There are examples. Liverpool are probably going to win the Champions League but I am leaving this club and they haven’t won one title in five years I have been here.
“They have done incredible work but the fans have given them time. That’s what this club needs at the moment.”
United are yet to win the title since 2013 and have continued to struggle for domestic and continental relevance since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
They have only won the F.A Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League despite employing the services of four managers after the Scot, and fans are beginning to grow impatient watching rivals Manchester City and Liverpool overtake them.
As Herrera has rightly pointed out, though, it will take time for United to get things right in order to start challenging for the top prizes again, and the fans have to emulate the Reds’ faithful who keep supporting their side through thick and thin.