Why Ander Herrera snubbed United contract extension for PSG deal

The exodus at Manchester United has just begun with close to six players expected to be let free to go in an attempt to bring back ManchesterUnited back to its glory.

It has been a long and choking season for United who is finishing sixth ahead of their last match over the weekend against readily Cardiff City.

One of those that has already packed is Ander Herrera who has agreed a £25million contract with Paris Saint-Germain to begin the summer clear-out at Manchester United.

But manager OIe Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to keep faith with out-of-form striker Anthony Martial, despite just 12 goals in 37 games this season.

PSG have been in talks with Herrera since January and he has now shaken hands on a three-year deal worth £160,000-a-week to move to Paris on a Bosman on July 1.

United are prepared to let him leave on a free because they were unwilling to meet his camp’s terms to sign a new deal. Herrera is on around £60,000-a-week and wanted close to £200,000-a-week to stay to bring him into line with some of the big earners at the club.

United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward baulked at those demands, with the Spanish midfielder due to turn 30 in August.

Martial signed a new £175,000-a-week deal in January but has lost his way this season. Half of his 12 goals came during a five-game spell in October and November, with the France international having managed to score just twice in the league so far in 2019.

Despite that poor return, and with his attitude having been called into question in recent weeks, former striker Solskjaer is prepared to give him one more season to prove he can deliver consistently.

The manager sent a clear transfer warning to his players after Sunday’s dismal 1-1 draw with a rock-bottom, already-relegated Huddersfield, which ended their slim hopes of finishing top four so they can compete in the Champions League again next season, saying many of them will not be seen in a United shirt again.

“Now is not the time to talk about individuals. It might be the last game for many players,” he warned.

United end their season at home to relegated Cardiff on Sunday.

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