Yesterday, news broke suggesting that Manchester United were in contract talks with Ashley Young, as the Red Devils look to tie the 33-year-old down to a new deal.
Today, The Independent go one further. They back up the story that Young is speaking to the club about extending his stay, while also adding that United are also discussing new long-term deals for two huge fan favourites; Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.
The pair were out-of-contract next summer, although United have activated one-year extension clauses in both of their deals, buying the club some extra time to secure their futures on a longer basis.
Both Mata and Herrera have been utilised rather sparingly during the Jose Mourinho era, but over the last few weeks, their playing time has drastically increased; and rightly so. They’re two talented players who bring some much-needed quality and energy into the team, and if, for nothing else, it’s vital they’re kept on because they have a real positive impact within that dressing room.
Honestly, though, I wouldn’t blame both of them if they want to leave. They’re not playing in a system which plays to their advantage, while it seems as though Mourinho will continue to use them as bit-part options. Why not go and move somewhere else where they’ll be valued more by their manager?