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3 Manchester United players who could sign a new long term contract in the upcoming days

Suman Dey
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
1.69K   //    05 Feb 2019, 19:17 IST

Manchester United are playing the free-flowing football under Solskjaer.
Manchester United are playing the free-flowing football under Solskjaer.

Manchester United had a horrendous start to their 2018-19 campaign with the then manager constant moaning about the lack of transfers, made the club a laughing stock in the footballing world. After a somewhat successful first campaign under the Portuguese, the Champions League tie against Sevilla last season was the start of the downfall for Mourinho.

 Eventually, he got sacked after a dismal show against Liverpool in December which opened the door for former player and club legend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take responsibility of helping the club finish in the top four at the end of the campaign. 

Ole had a dream start as the caretaker manager as United won by five goals against his former club Cardiff. That unbeaten run continued as the Red Devils have climbed up to fifth in the table and still searching for a trophy with the FA Cup and the Champions League being two feasible options. 

Under Jose, not only the fans but few players seemed to grow frustrated with the likes of Martial, Pogba wanting to move elsewhere to revive their career. However, Ole's appointment has bought a new lease of life among the players with Martial committing a long term future to the club. This deal could be the starting point of contract negotiations with some other players who are yet to pen-down a new deal with the club. 

Hence, without further ado, let's look at the three players who could sign a new long term contract in the upcoming days. 


#3 Juan Mata

Mata has scored some crucial goals for United over the years.
Mata has scored some crucial goals for United over the years.

Mata was the marquee signing for United under David Moyes and instantly became the creative soul of the squad. At the time, the former Premier League Champions lacked depth and guile in their play which the Spaniard bought after he was sold from Chelsea by Jose Mourinho. 

Though he has been criticized often for his lack of pace, Mata makes up for it with his vision and passing ability. At United, Juan spent most of his time playing as a right-winger rather than a number ten which is his ideal position. Still, he has put in the shift whenever called upon and scored some crucial match-winning goals for the Red Devils. 

Moreover, Juan is a fan favorite who keeps in touch with the supporters through his blog. His current contract runs till June 2019, and the club would hope he signs a new long term deal before that. Mata has been a loyal servant to the club since 2014 and still has a crucial role to play in United's future aspirations. 

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Suman Dey
ANALYST
A sports enthusiast and an avid follower of football. Since childhood I was encouraged to play cricket and in no time it became a hobby. Gradually I found interest in other sports also. Football is in my blood and I love the electrifying ambiance that surrounds it. I often watch the pre and post match analysis of a match and try to learn how to analyze a football game. The thing that intrigues me the most is that there are so many things happening behind the scenes that are oblivious to our naked eyes. The technological advancements that has been made are phenomenal. I like analyzing a game from a statistical point of view. Being a data guy myself , I am firm believer of providing insights through facts and data. Though a game is always unpredictable , analyzing it from different dimensions can provide some very interesting conclusions.
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