Jose Mourinho has announced his intention to remain as manager of Manchester United, despite some reports suggesting he could depart this summer.
To add to this good news for the Old Trafford faithful, the club have also extended the contracts of four players who were due to become free agents this summer, as reported in The Telegraph.
Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Ander Hererra and Ashley Young have all had their contracts extended by the club, with United triggering the optional extension on each player’s deal.
Mata was arguably the best signing the club made after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and perhaps the only positive during David Moyes’ time at the club.
The ex-Chelsea man has blossomed in Manchester despite the arrival of Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in 2016 after the Spaniard was sold under his tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Herrera was one of Manchester United’s star players last season but looks a shadow of himself this season. With Mourinho looking looking to bolster his midfield despite signing Nemanja Matic last summer and the expected departure of the injury-hit Michael Carrick this summer, perhaps the contract extension for Herrera will bide the Spaniard more time to prove his worth to Mourinho.
Manchester United must also consider the reluctance of Marouane Fellaini to extend his contract at the club. He is now allowed to talk to other clubs with the Belgian a free agent this summer.
Young has been something of a revelation for Manchester United this season and the 2013 Premier League title winner has played himself into Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
His eagerness to rise to the challenge and work hard when called upon makes him a vital part of Mourinho’s squad despite turning 33 later this year.
Blind on the other hand remains the most likely of the four to depart the club in the near future despite having his contract extended. Louis van Gaal, the man who brought the Dutch man to Old Trafford has expressed his view that Blind is being wasted at Manchester United and should depart after failing to make it into Mourinho’s starting eleven and even failing to make the bench on many occasions.
All four players contracts have been extended to the summer of 2019.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena