Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Ander Herrera’s injury could be down to the uncertainty surrounding the Manchester United midfielder’s future.
Herrera, who will miss the next two matches with a muscle problem, is reportedly set to leave United for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Herrera’s Man Utd future: Five key things to know…
- Herrera’s United contract expires at the end of the season.
- Reports claim that, despite talks with United over a new deal, Herrera is set to leave Old Trafford for PSG when his deal expires.
- Herrera has made 187 appearances for the Red Devils since joining from Athletic Bilbao in 2014.
- He had been tipped as United’s future captain but it seems the 29-year-old was unable to agree fresh terms.
- Injuries and a lack of clarity on his future could mean Herrera has played his last game for the club.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Solskjaer confirmed Herrera will miss this weekend’s Premier League meeting with West Ham United and next week’s return leg against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Herrera could return for games against Chelsea and Manchester City, but Solskjaer has hinted there may be more to the injury than meets the eye.
“He’s been really putting a lot of work in and unfortunately [the injury has] come at a time of, as you say, there are contract talks but that’s ongoing,” Solskjaer said, according to the MEN.
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“I can’t really comment too much on how far they have come down the line and what he’s deciding. You have to ask him [about his future]. I don’t know how they’ve been the last few talks.
“But we’ve let him focus on his fitness as well. He loves to play so he’s not very happy when he can’t help his teammates and he’s always giving his all, it doesn’t matter if he’s got five years left on his contract or five weeks.
“You know, maybe the future might have been worrying him and maybe that’s part of the reason that he’s injured, who knows? He doesn’t know because he got a different injury in training. Hopefully he can be available for Chelsea or City but I’m not sure. He’s got another muscle injury.”
Herrera: Man Utd talks are ongoing
Earlier this week, Herrera spoke to the Spanish media about his United future and suggested there is still hope over a new contract.
However, the Spaniard also acknowledged he and United are not on the same page when it comes to negotiations.
He told ABC: “It is true that I have only two months of contract and today Manchester United and I are not thinking the same and there is no renewal agreement, but my duty is to continue listening to United.
“I will listen to United, of course, but also to other clubs. I do not close doors.”