Man Utd boss Solskjaer hints he will pick ‘enthusiastic’ trainer for Chelsea clash

Man Utd boss Solskjaer hints he will pick ‘enthusiastic’ trainer for Chelsea clash

The midfielder has not figured in the side since it became apparent he is set to sign for PSG this summer.

Herrera’s contract at Old Trafford is due to expire in June, and while talks with the club have been ongoing through the season, a departure is now inevitable.

The 29-year-old’s links to PSG coincided with him suffering a hamstring injury which has kept him out since the end of March.

Herrera last played on March 30 in the 2-1 Premier League win at home to Watford – one of the two victories in Manchester United’s horror run of seven defeats in nine matches across all competitions.

He has endured a injury-ravaged 2019 so far, having been forced to be withdrawn after just 20 minutes of United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool in late February too which kept him out for a few weeks.

But with United’s current midfielders failing badly, Solskjaer could turn to the usually reliable hard-working Spaniard.

Chelsea would be a tough test for Herrera, given he has only recently returned to full training, but United are desperate with Champions League qualification on the line.

The news surrounding Herrera’s potential inclusion in the side on Sunday (4.30pm) comes as:

Ander Herrera is set to return for Man Utd

Ander Herrera is set to return to the side for Man Utd when Chelsea visit on Sunday (Pic: GETTY)

“Ander’s been training, enthusiastic and probably be involved on Sunday”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

In his pre-match press conference, manager Solskjaer was quizzed on the player’s situation and condition.

Asked whether Herrera would ever figure for United again, Solskjaer replied: “I would think so, yeah. 

“Ander’s been training, enthusiastic and probably be involved on Sunday. 

“I can’t guarantee but he’s trained the last two days.”

Ander Herrera was MOTM vs Chelsea in the FA Cup

Ander Herrera was man-of-the-match last time Man Utd played Chelsea in the FA Cup in February (Pic: GETTY)

If the PSG-bound ace does come back in to the starting XI, it begs the question of who will drop out.

Nemanja Matic was dropped to the bench for Wednesday’s Manchester derby defeat at Old Trafford following his dismal display in the 4-0 drubbing at Everton last Sunday.

Fred, though, is still failing to justify his £52m summer arrival and was exposed by Manchester City in the middle.

Paul Pogba’s future is under intense speculation with a move to Real Madrid seemingly desired and questions surrounding his attitude and application on the field.

Fred could drop back out for Man Utd vs Chelsea

Fred could drop back out for Man Utd vs Chelsea after a poor showing against Man City (Pic: GETTY)

Solskjaer did defend the World Cup winner today, however, and insisted he hopes to keep the £89m club-record signing for next season.

Andreas Pereira earned a rare start against City but was substituted and hardly shone, while fan-favourite Scott McTominay did not make the matchday squad in midweek following his second-half appearance at Everton.

Pogba is the only real guarantee to figure in the midfield three to face Chelsea, meaning Herrera could well be drafted straight back in to help quell the likes of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.