Manchester United have triggered twelve-month contract extensions for Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind and Ashley Young, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The quartet were all out of contract in the summer and was able to discuss signing a pre-contract with clubs across the continent. However, the Red Devils have taken the decision to keep them at the club until summer 2019 at the earliest.
From a business standpoint, it makes sense to activate these clauses, why risk losing them on a free transfer when, at the very least, you can give yourself another year to make a decision on whether to keep them or not. It also gives United the option to sell them in the summer while they’ll still hold some transfer value.
The one key piece of business here is tying down Young. He’s been sensational this term, particularly in that left-back role. As for the other three, they’ve drifted in and out of the side, but, for the most part, they’ve largely struggled.
There is still some concern about other players’ futures at Old Trafford, though, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick all free agents in the summer too. None are yet to put pen to paper.