Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Ander Herrera is the Manchester United player he cannot afford to drop.

Herrera, who has missed just two of Solskjaer’s 13 games in charge, broke the deadlock in United’s FA Cup fifth-round victory over Chelsea on Monday night.

Interim boss Solskjaer was full of praise for the 29-year-old midfielder following his performance at Stamford Bridge.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Ander Herrera (L) is Man United player he can't afford to drop

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Ander Herrera (L) is Man United player he can't afford to drop

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed Ander Herrera (L) is Man United player he can’t afford to drop

‘His energy and tenaciousness is vital for us,’ he said.

‘And that’s why he plays, more or less, every single game. He has loads of energy, he can cover the right hand side, he runs forward. 

‘Tonight you can’t just praise one, it’s 11 players, plus the subs, but Ander has done fantastic.’ 

Interim boss Solskjaer was full of praise for the 29-year-old midfielder following win at Chelsea

Interim boss Solskjaer was full of praise for the 29-year-old midfielder following win at Chelsea

Interim boss Solskjaer was full of praise for the 29-year-old midfielder following win at Chelsea

Herrera’s conversation with under-firing Alexis Sanchez at full-time went down particularly well with United supporters.

Herrera made the switch to Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao for £29million five years ago but his current deal runs out in the summer. 

Sportsmail reported earlier this month that the Spaniard was close to signing a new contract at the club having re-established himself as a first-choice starter alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. 

Sportsmail reported earlier this month that the Spaniard was close to signing new deal at club

Sportsmail reported earlier this month that the Spaniard was close to signing new deal at club

Sportsmail reported earlier this month that the Spaniard was close to signing new deal at club