Solskjaer says transfer rumors could explain Herrera absence

Posted April 14, 2019

Mark Lawrenson is backing Manchester United to ease to a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Solskjaer says Herrera is now out because of a "muscle injury" sustained in training but expects him to be available for matches against Manchester City and Chelsea at the end of April.

But United have now lost four of their last five in all competitions, including two in the Premier League.

"I don't see a difference in him when I chat to him. We just need to decide who's going to be the voice in and around". Pogba is their outstanding player not just on the pitch but in a commercial sense, and this is crucial to United's strategy. It's what Manchester United needs - real quality'.

And the 29-year-old has now revealed the "very good" relationship he has with Solskjaer and that the Norwegian has given him assurances over the future playing time. "You know, sometimes in this country, we're more concerned about what the job title is rather than what I do and what people do". Contract talks with midfielder Ander Herrera are ongoing amid reports linking him with a move to Paris St-Germain in the summer, but Solskjaer confirmed Antonio Valencia will definitely be leaving and the club will be looking for a new captain.

"We had players on the bench on Wednesday night like Jess [Lingard] and Anthony [Martial] who normally start games".

"We've been fantastic but lately we haven't been ruthless or clinical enough in front of goal", Solskjaer said.

"We played against a Barcelona team, which is one of the teams that sets the standard in European football, and we're under no other illusion than it's going to be hard work and there's going be some tough decisions made by me, Mick (Phelan) and the club". I think if we get 15 we'll be in the top three because in those games hopefully we'll beat Chelsea.

And, having scored nine goals from midfield in his first 12 games under Solskjaer, the Frenchman has not found the net in his last eight, missing a penalty in the defeat of Southampton.

"The effort and attitude is there".

Scott McTominay also produced perhaps his finest display yet in the famous red shirt, but Ince was surprised by United's conservative approach in such an important fixture.