The Chalkboard: Ander Herrera will be sorely missed at Old Trafford

It has been reported that Ander Herrera has agreed a contract with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a summer move to the French champions.

The Spanish international’s contract at Old Trafford is up at the end of the season, and the Red Devils have struggled to tie him down to fresh terms due to Herrera’s wage demands – the midfielder has been asking for a rise from his current £80,000-a-week deal to a salary of £200,000-a-week.

However, whilst it is debatable whether or not a 29-year-old approaching his thirties is worth being amongst the club’s top earners, one thing is for certain; there isn’t a player like Herrera at United, and he will be sorely missed based on his performance against Chelsea on Sunday.

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The former Athletic Bilbao man made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men look a completely different side to the one that had won just two out of their last seven prior to their meeting with the Blues.

Herrera made three tackles, whilst also committing four fouls along the way, but it is that bite and tenacity in the middle of the park that United have sorely missed in his recent absence.

He gives the attackers confidence as they know there’s a solid base behind them, whilst he gives the defenders that extra bit of belief as a result of the protection he gives them – he is arguably the glue that keeps the team together.

Admittedly, United still looked fairly lost after Marcos Alonso netted an equaliser, but they seemed a far more comfortable unit with Herrera sat in midfield.

His demands are representative of the crumbling wage structure at the club, ignited by placing the ineffective, out of favour Alexis Sanchez on a salary of £350,000-a-week potentially rising to £500,000-a-week with on bonuses.

But, even though the club should not bow down to his demands, they must ensure they replace him immediately, or United should prepare themselves for a turbulent start to next season.