Keep or axe? How should Man United handle contract situation

By next summer, a considerable amount of Manchester United’s current squad will be out of contract. Contract negotiations have reportedly begun for certain players, but who should Louis Van Gaal keep in his side? And more importantly, who should he get rid of?

David De Gea’s current contract runs out in summer 2016, and he should be top of the list for a new, long term deal. He has been the backbone of his squad this season and the only player to play every minute thus far. The signing of Victor Valdes has not hindered De Gea in the slightest, he is still the first choice. Having improved greatly since joining in 2011, it is essential that De Gea stays at Manchester United, especially if they are playing in Europe next season.

As Jonny Evans nears the end of his contract, it is time to call it a day on his Manchester United career. He is a weak link at the back, and is all too fond of the back pass to the ‘keeper. Despite all his years at Old Trafford, he still does not look entirely confident with the ball. If there is any truth in Louis Van Gaal looking to strengthen the back line, Evans will surely be a surplus.

Both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will reach the end of their contract by next summer. If it came down to choosing just one, it would have to be Chris Smalling. Smalling learned his lesson after the sending off against Manchester City, and has been solid, particularly in the last few weeks. Both played exceptionally well against Spurs, but Jones has not had the same impact as Smalling.

During this season, Ashley Young has looked like a new player. He should be rewarded with a new contract at Old Trafford. Louis Van Gaal is currently getting the best out of him, and it would not make sense to get rid of one of the stronger players from the last year.

Robin Van Persie’s current contract is drawing to a close, and it would be a surprise to see him sign anything other than an extension. RVP will be 32 in the summer, and has not exactly put in his best shift under the former Netherlands manager. It is clear Van Gaal has a lot of respect for Van Persie, and did play him throughout the season, despite his under performing. LVG will not let Van Persie go too easily.

Javier Hernandez is still technically a Manchester United player, but he won’t be for much longer. His contract also expires in summer 2016, but he was already considered an extra body that wasn’t needed for this season. Rumour has it, Chicharito could be used as part of a deal to bring Nathaniel Clyne to Old Trafford.