As the saying goes, nobody is bigger than the club, and especially if that club is Manchester United. Having agents hold the Red Devils to ransom must stop, so letting Ander Herrera leave sets the right precedent.
United opened a can of worms when they offered Alexis Sanchez a £500,000-a-week wage packet, because that gave agents other players’ agents licence to demand more if they felt their player contributed more.
They can’t reverse their decision to wreck their wage structure so they have to fix it in another way. That way is to tell each agent that if they don’t like they money their player’s on, the player can leave. Knowing that, players will either commit to the club or run off to PSG and become another mercenary.
Herrera is believed to have demanding £160,000-a-week from United and he’ll be paid £40,000 more at PSG, according to the Sun. The club clearly don’t feel he’s worth that much money, so it’s right they let him leave.
If they collapse under every demand, everyone will be after a pay rise.
Yes, he’s probably their best out-and-out midfielder, but United can attract more and they’ll be more committed to the club that Herrera clearly is. If he’s not willing to lower his demands for arguably the biggest club in the world then he shouldn’t be on the pitch anyway.
United have made their bed when it comes to blowing their wage structure out of the water, now they need to re-establish some authority and that starts with showing Herrera the door. Finally, Ed Woodward and the money men are looking as if they’ve got the club’s best interest at heart and they would make a big statement by standing firm.
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