Paper Talk: Man Utd in danger of losing Mourinho favourite on a free

Date published: Tuesday 4th September 2018 8:22

Manchester United are running the risk of seeing one of their midfielders walk away on a free transfer, while Thibaut Courtois appears to be reveling in his new surroundings, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.



Manchester United are at a growing risk of losing Ander Herrera after a report claimed the midfielder was upset the club had not approached him over a new deal.

The Spain midfielder was named the club’s player of the year in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge – the only time in the last five seasons it was gone to another player other than David De Gea.

However, despite being one of the United manager’s favourites, Herrera has found himself more sparingly used by Mourinho – and with his contract due to expire next summer, a report in Metro claims he will now actively seek a move away.

The paper reckons Herrera is angry at not being approached over a new contract, he will actively seek a move away from the club in January, where he will be able to negotiate a free transfer move overseas next summer.

Herrera, signed on a four-year deal with the option of another year when he joined the club from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, has made it clear he’d be willing to extend his stay at Old Trafford. But the club’s refusal, so far, to even discuss an extension appears to have changed Herrera’s mind and he now looks destined for a free transfer move to LaLiga.

It’s suggested Herrera watched the situation with Marouane Fellaini closely last season, who was then in a similar position. But by this stage of the season, United had made an offer to extend the Belgian’s stay – albeit it took until the summer for the former Everton man to sign his extension.

Meanwhile, another United favourite, Juan Mata, has offered a ‘perfect response’ to his latest Manchester United omission.

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