Ander Herrera

Manchester United Opinion: Why United should keep Ander Herrera

According to a report from the Daily Record, Manchester United midfield ace Ander Herrera has agreed a deal to join Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Spaniard, 29, joined Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao in 2014 and has gone on to make 187 appearances for the club, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and the Europa League. He has established himself as a key member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team and has made several appearances under the new manager.

However, Herrera is out of contract at Old Trafford in the summer as United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, chose to activate a year-long extension on the midfielder’s deal last summer instead of negotiating a new one.

Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ander Herrera

And now the report claims that the Spaniard wasn’t impressed with the club’s offer of a new long-term deal and agreed a pre-contract with PSG.

A major blunder by United?

It comes as a massive surprise as to how United have allowed Herrera’s contract to wind down and now with just a couple of months left to expire, offered him a new deal which apparently he refused.

The Spanish midfielder wasn’t a regular starter under Jose Mourinho this season but since Solskjaer came in, he has improved leaps and bounds.

Known for his tenacity, energy and leadership qualities, the 29-year-old has been one of the first names on Solskjaer’s team sheet since mid-December. Herrera has been a fan favourite ever since he arrived at Old Trafford and a natural leader, someone who plays for the badge and delivers his best performances every time he takes to the pitch.

Ander Herrera 1

Solskjaer is expected to strengthen his squad in the summer transfer window before United’s first pre-season game on July 13 but maintaining the core of the team is an important aspect while competing for the title next season. Keeping hold of Herrera was a necessity for the Red Devils, given how the former Bilbao man has performed under the Norwegian tactician.

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As things stand, however, Herrera is off to PSG in the summer going by the report, and here’s how some United fans reacted on Twitter.

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