Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Marcus Rojo, David De Gea, Mattieu Darmian and Antonio Valencia all have one thing in common asides playing for the same team, Manchester United. They all have their contracts at Manchester United drawing to an end and the possibility of an exit from the club. With the new manager in charge, Ole Gunner Solksjear, trying to build a new team that can challenge for the title and compete favorably in Europe, there definitely has to be shake up in the team.
However, one can arguably say some of the above listed players are fringe players and their input to the team from the current season has been below par and hence, one would understand the reason for the club’s hesitance to renew their contracts. But the case of Herrera and David De Gea can be argued, as the latter has been the Club’s Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons under different managers. Many fans have questioned the Club’s ambition to secure the best services of players that are required to compete at the top and get back at their “noisy neighbors”, Manchester City, as described by Sir Alex Ferguson, who has spent a whole lot to build a team around the vison of the Club and manager.
With Herrera in the final two months of his contract, there are rumors linking him to PSG. This report to many United fans will be disheartening as he is one of those few players who plays his heart out for the team. He wears his heart out as he sweats his blood to ensure he contributes his quota to the team’s success. He is also a natural leader and a born fighter.
In my opinion, Valencia, Darmian and Rojo can leave as they are all past their prime for the club. However, the duo of Herrera and De Gea should be convinced to sign an extension with the club. I am, however, undecided about what should be done with Mata, as there are other good players who can hold down his position.