United In No Rush Over New Deals
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata was linked at the weekend with a new contract at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils are in no rush to get him to sign on the dotted line.
Mata, 28, is one of a number of United players whose contracts expire at the end of next season. Full-back Luke Shaw, central defender Daley Blind and midfielders Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are also out of contract at the end of June 2018.
United usually begin talking about new deals with 18 months to go before a player’s contract expires. But the Manchester Evening News claims that with one-year extensions built in to all those players’ deals the club are in no hurry to begin negotiations.
Mata has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford as well as a new deal. But he finds himself ahead of Wayne Rooney in the Manchester United pecking order after Jose Mourinho benched his skipper rather than Mata.
An extension for Shaw looks more likely than for any of the other four players. However, age could count against both Mata and Fellaini. Both will be 30 by the end of next season.
Only 31-year-old Antonio Valencia is out of contract at United at the end of the current season. But like the others, there is a one-year extension built into his deal that the club may consider triggering.
Carrick To Move Into Coaching
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is expected to go into coaching when he hangs up his boots. The 35-year-old signed a new one-year deal at Old Trafford during the summer. But other than a 90-minute run-out in the FA Community Shield and a 61-minute appearance in the EFL Cup win over Northampton Town last month, Carrick has just 12 minutes of Premier League football to his name this season.
This is expected to be Carrick’s final year as a player. According to the Daily Mirror, he will follow former team-mates Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs into coaching.
Timm Accuses Sir Alex
Former Manchester United academy players Mads Timm claims he was shunned by Sir Alex Ferguson after he failed to become a client of Sir Alex’s son Jason.
Timm makes the claim in a new book which is currently being serialised in a Danish newspaper.