Thu. Jan 21st, 2021

Ander Herrera to get farewell run against Cardiff

Champions LeagueAnder Herrera will be afforded a farewell match in a Manchester United shirt when Cardiff City visit Old Trafford on Sunday.

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is likely to play his last game for the club on Sunday against Cardiff City.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the Spaniard would be available for the tie and was likely to reveal his free transfer to Paris Saint Germain.

“Ander might play,” Solskjaer said on Friday. “I don’t know yet, because we haven’t picked the team. And he will probably announce later on where he’s going to continue his career.”

Big changes are expected at Old Trafford in the off season but Solskjaer refused to confirm reports that the club are close to signing Wales winger Daniel James from Swansea. Solskjaer would confirm he fit the profile of players United were looking to bring in. Herrera has been something of a unsung hero at the club and will be tough to replace.

“I think I’ve been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season, because we’re so far behind at the moment,” added Solskjaer. “So next season we’ve got to close that gap.

“If we manage to get to February, March and be close, that’s fantastic. If not, this summer will be about signing players who can last for many years here.

“I don’t think this club has ever been about bringing in ready-made players. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t ready-made. Wayne Rooney wasn’t ready-made. Loads of players have come here and then developed into the top superstars that they’ve become. That’s always going to be the model here.”

Solskjaer’s first key signing has been ensuring the club contract assistant coach Mike Phelan.

“I played here under him. He has the knowledge, the experience, the demeanour. Everyone in the club enjoys talking to him and discussing football with him,” he said.

“If you walk around Carrington, the players really respect what he can do. He’s worked with the best and for me, as a young manager, it’s really useful that Mick has experience in a few more eras than I have.”

The best United can hope for from the last day of the season is a fifth place finish, they face relegated Cardiff City at Old Trafford. Herrera might not be the only one bidding farewell to Old Trafford on Sunday with a mass clearout mooted.

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