Man Utd triggers contract extension of four players to keep them at Old Trafford: report

Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have reportedly exercised a 12-month extension in the contracts of first-team quartet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Daley Blind. The move assures their stay until the summer of 2019, thus allowing the club with additional time to sort out their long-term futures.

According to The Telegraph, United have sent letters to the respective players as acknowledgment for their contract extensions. Despite this, it is suggested that the futures of Mata, Young and Blind hang in the balance with Mourinho likely to mull over their positions at the end of the campaign.

Young has performed credibly in the full-back positions this term, but his future could be dependent on whether United pursue a younger recruit as well as the contract situations of Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind.

Blind is currently alleged to be a transfer target for Spanish giants Barcelona, and the Camp Nou outfit could come forward for his services in the near future with Javier Mascherano seemingly close to joining the Chinese Super League.

Meanwhile, Mata’s future could be influenced by the position of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is currently of transfer interest to Inter Milan. The Nerazzurri are also said to hold an interest in the Spaniard, though they have kept their priority on signing the former Borussia Dortmund ace.

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