ODD: Solskjaer Claims Herrera’s Unresolved Contract Responsible For His Injury
Yemi|April. 12, 2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the bizarre claim that Ander Herrera could be injured because of concerns over the midfielder's future.
Herrera, who is set to leave United at the end of the season after failing to agree a contract extension, has not played since the 2-1 win over Watford on March 30.
The Spaniard suffered a hamstring injury in United's 0-0 draw with Liverpool on February 24, then suffered his latest setback in training in the wake of the Watford win.
Herrera is recovering from a thigh problem, but United boss Solskjaer suggested the 29-year-old's current injury could be related to the ongoing issue of his unresolved future.
“Maybe the future might have been worrying him and that's part of the reason he's injured,” said Solskjaer.
“Who knows? He doesn't know, but hopefully he can be available for Chelsea or Manchester City , but I'm not sure. He got another muscle injury.”
Herrera, who joined United from Athletic Bilbao for £30million in 2014, is set to join Paris St Germain as a free agent, after failing to agree terms on a new deal at Old Trafford.
He is understood to want around £200,000-a-week to stay at United, who are said to be offering him in the region of £125,000-a-week, which has led to the impasse in talks.
Solskjaer added: “He's been working really hard to get fit from his injury he sustained against Liverpool, then he came back and got a different one here in training.
“He's been putting a lot of work in and that's come at a time when there are contract talks, but that's ongoing, I can't really comment too much on how far they are down the line.
“You have to ask him. 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 and he's not very happy when he can't help his team-mates and always gives his all, doesn't matter if it's five weeks or five years on his contract.”
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