Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is having a terrific time since taking the reign at Manchester United. The Norwegian gaffer is yet to lose a domestic game, and could bag the permanent role at Old Trafford in the coming days.
With the managerial situation almost clear, Ed Woodward is looking to secure the long-term futures of some of the key players. Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw have already signed on new deals, but uncertainty about the futures of Antonio Valencia and David De Gea remains.
The Ecuadorian defender could leave Old Trafford at the end of this season, as Manchester United have decided to pass on the opportunity to activate the one-year extension in his current contract.
The Red Devils had time until Friday 5 pm to use the clause, but it seems they did not make any contact with Valencia’s agent.
In the interview leading to the clash against Southampton, Solskjaer revealed that he isn’t sure about the defender’s future, and it depends on how he recovers from his current injury.
“At the moment, I’m not sure if Man Utd and Antonio will agree on the next year, so it depends if he gets back on the pitch as well in the next few months,” the interim boss revealed.
Ole also spoke about the contract battle between De Gea and the club, as he added: “The club and David are in dialogue, hopefully they’ll agree. It’s out of my hands but I’m sure we’ll do what we can,”
David De Gea is said to be asking for wages in the range of £400,000 per week, which will put him level with Alexis Sanchez, but Woodward is uncertain about offering such a huge contract.
It will be interesting to see how the situation pans out, as Manchester United only have until June to keep their best player from leaving for free this summer.