Man Utd contract round-up: 9 players who are free to leave Old Trafford in one year

Aside from players like Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani whose contract at Old Trafford will expire at the end of 2021/22.

There are as many as nine crucial first-teamers will see their contracts expire in June 2023. Here’s the full list:

Marcus Rashford

Fans have been concerned that Rashford isn’t as focused on football with his off-field commitments.

His performances on the field haven’t done much to change that opinion lately, with just two goals in 11 Premier League appearances this term.


A tireless worker on the field and a firm fan favourite, Fred recently stated that he’s happy at the club and has no desire to leave.

It remains to be seen if he’s offered a long-term contract before his current deal expires.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo will be 37 when his contract expires and so far, his goal tally hasn’t impressed fans much.

It can be argued that our lack of creativity has affected his strike rate. Furthermore, if we don’t qualify for the Champions League next season, it’s difficult to see him remain at the club.

David De Gea

Despite the slump in form last season, De Gea has made a solid return in 2021/22 to reinstate himself as the undisputed No.1.

The Spaniard has once again saved us from embarrassing defeats this season and should be retained at all costs.

Phil Jones

After making a strong return against Wolves following a two-year injury lay-off, it’ll be interesting to see if Jones gets more chances.

If he does and continues to impress, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be rewarded with a new deal.

Tom Heaton

The 35-year-old has hardly played for the club since joining.

Given the bloated nature of the squad, it wouldn’t hurt to let him leave after his contract runs out.

Diogo Dalot

Dalot has impressed under Ralf Rangnick, offering solid competition to Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the right-back spot.

Given our lack of options in that role, the Portuguese should be handed a new contract if he continues to deliver on the field.

Nemanja Matic

Unfortunately, we still don’t have a proper replacement for the Serbian defensive midfielder.

That might prompt the club to extend his stay for another year (which is fair as Matic continues to feature). However, our search for a younger player in that role shouldn’t end.

Luke Shaw

Our first-choice for the left-back spot, Shaw’s presence has been vital.

Losing him would deal a blow to our defence, which we can’t afford amid a turbulent transition phase.

Out of the players mentioned above, the club hold the option to extend another year for players like Rashford and Shaw.

The rest could trigger a year’s extension if they choose to, except Matic and Dalot.

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