Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville thinks that the departure of both Juan Mata and Ander Herrera in the summer wouldn’t be a disaster for the club.
Both players have contracts that expire at the end of the season but, despite stating that the two midfielders still have something to offer, Neville believes they are players that can be replaced:
“Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are interesting ones. They are great professionals but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if they both left. On the other hand, with Herrera, he would be a loss.”
“If you’ve got four or five central midfielders you don’t need them all to be A1 – you need players that can come in and do a good job. Herrera does a good job and has been a great servant to the club, as has Juan Mata.”
“They would be losses in some sense but I don’t think it’s the end of the world if they move on.”
Herrera has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain while Juan Mata has reportedly been in talks with Barcelona about a potential move.
Mata was coy when asked about his future recently, but reports suggest that the 30-year-old wants a longer-term deal than the 12-month extension that the club are currently offering.
In Herrera’s case, the 29-year-old has been more of a regular under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer than Mata so his loss may be more keenly felt.
PSG’s interest has seemingly faded in recent days though so there is still hope that the midfielder will sign a new deal and remain at Old Trafford.