Five United youngsters soon out of contract: The likely next steps

According to a report the futures of a number of Manchester United youngsters are in doubt, but most look set for a renewal.

The futures of five Manchester United youngsters are reportedly in doubt with the club yet to offer any of them extensions on deals that expire at the end of the current campaign.

That is the claim of the Times, after they ran a story about Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and Reece James.

So should United fans be worried? Here we take a look at what is likely to happen with the five players referred to in the latest story.

Paddy McNair

Let’s face it, McNair is going absolutely nowhere. The Northern Ireland defender has been fantastic since his surprise inclusion in Louis van Gaal’s senior side and he has all the hallmarks of a future United great.

Yes, it is very early to say such things, but he has innate talent, admirable composure and time on his side and he has settled into an ever-changing back-line like he has been playing the game for considerably longer than he actually has.

Tyler Blackett

McNair has usurped Blackett as United’s great defensive hope but that does not mean the latter’s future will be away from the club.

Blackett can operate as a left-sided centre-back or as a full-back and van Gaal clearly rates him very highly. He is another player sure to be offered a new deal in due course.

Andreas Pereira

Brazil under-20 international Andreas Pereira has been included in United’s senior side this season but he has been on the bench more than on the pitch.

Highly-rated and with plenty of talent, van Gaal is sure to want to see more of him, meaning a new deal is likely to arrive.

Jesse Lingard

Were it not for an ill-timed injury Jesse Lingard could have finally got the regular run-outs for United’s first-team that his talent and his patience deserve.

Instead he has been on the side-lines for months, but now back in training he has the second half of the current campaign to show what he can do. He has shown enough during loan spells and for the under-21 side to warrant a new deal…if he wants it.

Reece James

Left-back Reece James is the most likely player to leave United in the summer considering the presence of Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.

He impressed on the club’s pre-season tour of the USA but was injured around that time and is now on loan at championship side Rotherham.

He has helped them to a four-game undefeated streak, but given he is 21 he could find opportunities at United limited in the future and seek regular first-team football elsewhere.

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