Manchester United give update on out of contract players’ futures


Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Lee Grant’s contracts expire on June 30 and the expectation is all five will leave Man United.

Ralf Rangnick has confirmed no other out of contract Manchester United players have informed him they are definitely leaving the club.

The contracts of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani and Lee Grant expire on June 30 and the expectation is all five will leave.

Nemanja Matic announced on Friday he had chosen not to exercise the one-year option in his contract and will depart on a free in the summer.

“No, the only one who told me and with whom I have spoken about this recently was Nema,” Rangnick clarified. “We also spoke on Friday evening at the hotel before the game.

“He didn’t do anything wrong. For the next year, there was an option in the contract both for the club and the player to decide if he wants to stay here. He decided to go elsewhere.

“Knowing Nema, he will be a player ’til the very last day he is here. He will put all the effort into the best possible performance. In the last games whenever I let him play, he did well.”

A sizeable section of the crowd chanted ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ during United’s 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday. At least two regular matchgoers of 50+ years told the Manchester Evening News they could not recall United supporters ever airing the chant at United players.

Some players appeared visibly startled by the chanting midway through the second-half but Rangnick did not speak to the squad about a possible watershed moment in United’s recent history.

“No, I think the players will realise that themselves,” he said. “I’m not so sure that this is fair towards the players because I know that they care. They suffer after defeats like against Everton and they don’t like the feeling of not winning games or losing games.

“But again, I can understand the supporters. They are frustrated and they had high expectations. They don’t understand why things happen.

“But in the end it is up to the club the board and the people in charge to analyse that but not now. That is something to do at the end of the season.”