Manchester United have four crucial contract decisions to make this summer

Man Utd need clarity on the long-term futures of four players in the 2021 summer transfer window.

There are now less than six weeks left before the summer transfer window closes and Manchester United will need to get a move on if they are to get all their desired business done.

In an ideal world, both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane will be in a position to make their debuts against Leeds United on the opening day of the season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might even be hoping to parade other additions for the curtain-raiser.

With careful summer spending United know they have the core attributes required to challenge for the Premier League title next season, though much of their success will likely rely on extracting the same world-class performances from those who rose to the challenge over the last campaign.

As such, there is an important task this summer of not only adding new faces to their first-team squad but also securing the long-term futures of a number of key players.

Near the top of Solskjaer's priority list this summer should be fresh deals for Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw, a duo he has carefully nurtured into world-class talents that would strengthen any squad.

No matter what the Norwegian achieves at Old Trafford the pair will be evidence of his legacy, though rewarding them with new terms could be crucial to ensuring Solskjaer stays in charge for the foreseeable future.

If next season is to be a success it seems certain Fernandes and Shaw will both be heavily involved after respective individual campaigns which saw them both included in the PFA Team of the Year.

Shaw only has two years left on his current deal, though there is an option for an additional year, but deserves to be rewarded for a phenomenal season with a new contract which reflects his status as arguably the best left-back in world football.

Similarly, it is crucial to make Fernandes feel valued in his role even if he has only been at the club for 18 months, with his level of performance far beyond that which was expected of him after arriving from Sporting Lisbon in the January window last year.

Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard are both out of contract next summer and before the end of the current window Solskjaer also needs to have a clear picture in his head about their plans before they can realistically think about reinforcing in midfield.

In the worst-case scenario, both midfielders would leave for nothing in a year's time, but irrespective of what they decide to do there needs to be a firm answer in the next six weeks.



Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Lee Grant are also out of contract next summer after all signing one-year extensions recently, with no need to tie any of them down for longer than an additional 12 months.

The veteran trio will give Solskjaer some food for thought by the end of next season, but in the meantime there are a number of contract decisions that simply can't be ignored.

Much focus is on the players who could arrive at Old Trafford this summer, though a successful title bid relies just as much on those already at United's disposal.

Source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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