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Losing Ander Herrera is not Man Utd’s biggest concern this summer – Paul Scholes

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 9:39, 16 April 2019

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes his former club should worry about losing Paul Pogba and not Ander Herrera this summer.

The 29-year-old Spanish midfielder is reportedly in line to join Paris Saint-Germain, despite entering talks with the Red Devils regarding a new contract extension.

Herrera at Old Trafford: Five things to know…

  1. Herrera joined Manchester United from Athletic Bilbao as one of Louis van Gaal’s first signings in 2014.
  2. The midfielder has gone on to become an invaluable first-team member and has made 187 appearances for the Red Devils to date.
  3. Herrera has so far registered 20 goals and 27 assists for United.
  4. He has lifted three pieces of major silverware including the FA Cup and Europa League during his spell in England.
  5. His present deal expires this summer and the Spaniard could leave on a free transfer.

Herrera joined United in the summer of 2014, becoming one of Louis van Gaal’s first signings, a year after a prospective move to Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao broke down.

Under three different managers – Van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – he has become one of the club’s most impressive performers.

With his present deal running out there was an expectation of a new contract, but talks between the parties have seemingly broken down.

A number of clubs across Europe have shown interest in signing Herrera, most notably Ligue 1 giants PSG, but United’s former metronome Scholes feels losing Pogba – who has recently been strongly linked with Real Madrid – would be a far greater blow.

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“Ander Herrera, I wouldn’t worry about. I wouldn’t worry about him,” he told BT Sport.

“If you sell Pogba now, you’re selling your best player.”

United’s date with destiny

Solskjaer will be looking to become the first Manchester United boss not called Sir Alex Ferguson to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

However, the Red Devils have it all to do following a disappointing quarter-final first leg meeting with Barcelona at home.

Solskjaer’s men fell to a 0-1 defeat, with Luke Shaw inadvertently scoring the crucial goal, meaning they will need to repeat their PSG heroics at the Camp Nou.

After losing 0-2 the record 20-time English champions left Paris with an incredible 1-3 victory. But since then United have lost four of their subsequent six matches in all competitions.