Ander Herrera’s future at United remains unclear.
He is out of contract on June 30 and he has been strongly linked with a move to PSG.
The Guardian reported that Herrera has been offered an attractive proposal from the French champions which United are yet to match.
Some players in such an uncertain situation would have checked out mentally already. Not Herrera. It’s not in his DNA.
His full blooded return against Chelsea last week showed he still cares very much, and his latest comments back that up.
Take the blame
In an interview with United’s website where he is not asked about his future, he reflected on the club’s season.
If it is to be goodbye from Herrera in a few weeks, then this is a powerful message his teammates need to hear, asking them each to look at themselves for United’s poor results.
He said: “I like to talk as a group. I think football is a team sport. I think you have to analyse the season from the team point of view and we are disappointed. To be honest, when a manager is sacked, for me it’s also the responsibility of the players. We have to take responsibility for it – it is not only the manager and the staff.
“The players have a big responsibility and that’s why I think we should all feel disappointed because we haven’t been able to achieve the objectives. For me, the objectives for this club for every season should be fighting for the titles and we haven’t fought for them so let’s take responsibility every player.”
United paid £29 million to sign Herrera in 2014 and it is poor business to let him leave on a free.
The club’s best run of form came when Herrera was a regular in the side, which was only broken up by injury.
If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants leaders in the group to spur his teammates on, Herrera’s latest comments highlight what the team will miss.