Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera in 2-0 win over Chelsea

Solskjaer discusses Ander Herrera’s fitness and Manchester United future

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has bizarrely claimed that Ander Herrera’s latest injury could be a result of the midfielder’s stalled contract negotiations at the club.

Herrera missed the midweek Champions League loss to Barcelona, and Solskajer believes the former Athletic Bilbao player’s uncertain future at Old Trafford may be the cause.

The 29-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer, with reports last week emerging that the Spanish international has agreed a pre-contract deal with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

“Maybe the future might have been worrying him and maybe that is part of the reason why he is injured. Who knows?” Solskjaer bizarrely said in his pre-match press conference.

“He has been working really hard to get fit from the injury that he sustained against Liverpool. He came back and got a different one in training. Unfortunately, it has come at a time where there are contract talks, which are ongoing. I can’t comment too much about what he has decided.

Asked if Herrera might stay, the Manchester United boss replied: “You have to ask him. I don’t know how they have been the last few talks. We have let him focus on his fitness. He is not happy when he can’t help his team-mates. He always gives his all, it doesn’t matter whether he has five years on his contract or five weeks.”

United face West Ham tomorrow evening at Old Trafford in the Premier League.