Manchester United have opened up contractual negotiations with midfielder Ander Herrera, who impressed under the tutelage of manager Jose Mourinho last term. The 27-year-old was in and out of the starting lineup during his initial two-year spell at Old Trafford, but he managed to establish himself as a regular last season with Mourinho opting to pair him alongside Michael Carrick at the centre of the park.
Herrera was handed the tough tackling duties during the course of the previous campaign, and his performances earned him the club’s Player of the Year accolade while also making his debut with the Spain national side.
According to The Guardian, United vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with Herrera’s representative Arturo Canales during their pre-season tour of the United States in order to discuss terms over a suitable extension beyond next summer.
Herrera, who is currently on a £75,000-a-week package, has been linked with a potential reunion with Ernesto Valverde at Barcelona, but the Spaniard is committed to the Red Devils after having shined under the Special One’s guidance last season. The former Basque player made exactly 50 appearances for United during the 2016/17 season while netting two goals and 11 assists in the process.
Manchester United continue their pre-season tour with a game against Norwegian side Valerenga in Oslo tomorrow. Following this, there will be a friendly against Sampdoria in Dublin on August 2, before the much-anticipated European Super Cup clash against Real Madrid in Macedonia next weekend.