Neville hits out at Man Utd board during Chelsea draw

Joe Williams
Gary Neville Manchester United Prem

Gary Neville thinks Manchester United need to start protecting the value of their players by taking contract renewal “decisions away from a manager”.

Ander Herrera showed his value again on Sunday as Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home by fellow top-four challengers Chelsea.

The Spaniard’s contract runs out in the summer and French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been heavily linked with him.

And Neville thinks United should have made a decision a lot earlier on whether they wanted to keep Herrera at the club or not.

“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,” Neville said during the match against 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.”