Manchester United have some vital decisions to make this summer, and the planning should start now for Jose Mourinho.
Whether any reinforcements to be brought in this month remains a big question, but a recent report from Manchester Evening News has mentioned that some big decisions lie ahead over the futures of several senior players.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick’s contract will end in the summer, but considering their influence on the team this term, it would be a big blunder not to offer them a new deal.
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Not only these two; Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj all will be out of contract in 2018, while Ashley Young, Luke Shaw, Sam Johnstone and Andreas Pereira also see their deals run out in 2018 but they have clauses to extend for another year.
The report further states Mata and Herrera will initiate the negotiations at the end of this season, while Lingard has already stepped into contract talks.
What about the rest of the players? Well, there is a strong notion that Januzaj, Young, Johnstone and Pereira all will most likely be allowed to leave.
Daley Blind faces an uncertain future if Mourinho goes for other options in defence, while Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, David De Gea and Wayne Rooney see their respective contracts expire in 2019.
Mourinho’s approach to Shaw and Smalling before the Christmas, questioning their fitness and injuries, raise genuine questions if they have long-term futures at Old Trafford.
Considering all these, much really depends on the United boss and his plans in the upcoming transfer windows, but one thing is sure that he has to create space in his squad for new signings and this means several players from the above list could be facing potential exit this summer.