Manchester United are prepared to prolong the stay of the likes of Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Ashley Young and Ander Herrera by invoking the one-year extension clause in their respective contracts.
The quartet have their contracts expiring at the end of the current season, but Mourinho wants to delay their future decision until the summer by extending their deals by a further 12 months, The Telegraph reports.
Both Herrera and Young have proved valuable players in the starting lineup in recent months, and although the former is facing competition for places, he is prepared to fight for his future at the heart of the midfield.
The same, however, cannot be said about Blind and Mata, who has had reduced gametime under Mourinho of late. Blind has not started a Premier League game for United since August with Young cementing his spot on the left side of the defence.
The Netherlands international also faces competition from Matteo Darmian and the returning Marcos Rojo, but Mourinho is prepared to stick with the Dutchman until the end of the campaign at the least.
Mata have faced a similar treatment in recent weeks having not featured against both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. The Spaniard made an individual mistake which cost United dearly in a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield, and he now has to regain the manager’s confidence through the Cup competitions.