United Youngsters Could Exit Next Summer
Manchester United face a battle to hang on to some of their brightest young talents with a number of them out of contract at the end of the season.
Five United youngsters are coming to the end of their current deals at Old Trafford. Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair, Jesse Lingard, Reece James and Andreas Pereira are all free agents next summer and all could start to make decisions on their future by talking to foreign clubs from 1 January.
The likes of Blackett, 20, (seen above on the left) and McNair, 19, have already had first-team experience this season after United’s injury crisis forced manager Louis van Gaal to utilise the pair.
Lingard impressed during a loan spell at Birmingham City last season scoring four times in his debut against Sheffield Wednesday but he only found the net twice more in his subsequent 12 games for the Championship club. A loan at Brighton earlier this year saw him score three times in 15 games.
James played in the Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons earlier this season and was then sent out on loan to Championship side Rotherham United where he has played just three times.
Pereira, 18, has represented both Brazil and the land of his birth, Belgium, at junior level. He also made his first-team debut for United in the 4-0 defeat at MK Dons and is still at the club having yet to be sent out on loan.
Blackett is the only player to be in talks with Manchester United over a new deal, though no contract has been finalised. McNair is also expected to sign a new deal.
The Daily Mail suggests today that United have been somewhat tardy over the five youngsters. However, the paper suggests that all five are expected to remain at Old Trafford. Other than Blackett and McNair the five players have done nothing to suggest they could be targets for other clubs.
United found themselves in a similar situation in 2012 after Paul Pogba decided to quit the club for Juventus after his contract expired. He has since gone on to become one of Serie A’s top midfielders.
Meanwhile, United boss Louis van Gaal snapped at reporters yesterday over claims emanating from Spain that United may pay £120million for Gareth Bale next summer.