Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club are to blame for Ander Herrera’s imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Spaniard looks set to join the French giants on a three-year deal when his contract expires at Old Trafford in July.
The 29-year-old had been keen to stay at the Theatre of Dreams but talks between both parties broke down when Herrera’s representatives reportedly demanded around £200,000-a-week.
Nevertheless, Herrera showed during United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea how valuable he could be and Neville believes the club’s poor handling is to blame for the fact he’s set to depart.
‘I think the situation with him [Herrera] is that he’s not likely to disrespect the club, he’s been a brilliant professional here for the last few years,’ said Neville during United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
‘But all the speculation about him going to Paris Saint-Germain.
‘Manchester United have allowed his contract to run down.If they wanted him, maybe they should have made the decision a little earlier.
‘I think the other thing with Manchester United as well is that when you’ve got a change in manager every 18 months or two years, you might have one manager who fancies him, and another manager who says don’t renew the contract.
‘And then a new manager comes in but it’s too late then and the player’s contract has run down.
‘That’s why you need a club plan to take these sorts of decisions away from a manager. To enable the player to be protected and the value to be protected.’
Herrera is just one of a number of United players expected to leave the club this summer with Juan Mata, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo also expected to depart.
There’s speculation that David De Gea and Paul Pogba could ask to leave, while United have been frustrated in the lack of progress made with Marcus Rashford over a new deal.
And Neville says the club’s handling of Rashford’s future sends out a poor message to the rest of the squad.
‘The one stands out a mile is Marcus Rashford – been here since eight or nine years of age and they are struggling to tie him down,’ said Neville.
‘It doesn’t send a great message to everyone.
‘You can’t look towards the players who have come from international grounds and say why are they not signing when you can’t get young kids who have been at the club [for a long time] to sign.
‘They are all looking elsewhere.’