With the summer of 2015 approaching, clubs will not only concentrate on signing new players, but will also be looking forward to extending the deals of the players which run out in the summer. By this time, most of the clubs would have identified the players they want to keep and the ones they want to release on free.Manchester United have already sold the likes of Anderson and Darren Fletcher, whose contract were to run out in the summer, in January itself. So let us look at the remaining players whose contract expires this summer and who Louis van Gaal may want to keep with the club:
#1 Michael Carrick
The England International has been the unsung hero for the Red Devils in recent seasons. His importance is usually felt when he is sidelined and not when he plays in the team. The same situation continued for the Red Devils this season as they struggled when the midfielder was out injured.
Carrick missed the opening few months due to an injury which he picked last summer. During that period, United managed to get just three victories in 11 outings. However, once he returned from injury, that was when the Red Devils enjoyed their best run of form under Van Gaal. Between November 8 and January 17, United played 12 games, winning eight, drawing three and losing just one.
But with Carrick injured again, they are struggling to cope without his authority in the middle of the park. The midfielder is good at winning the ball and breaking the opposition’s attacks. He is also good at rotating the ball. Besides, his experience is an added advantage for the relatively reshuffled squad. Hence, it is imperative for Van Gaal to renew his contract.
Verdict: Renew contract