Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Michael Carrick have decisions to make on their careers next summer – the only players whose future Jose Mourinho does not believe Manchester United have under “control” beyond this season.
Last week Arsenal sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Premier League rivals Liverpool, cashing in on the England international with his contract due to expire in the summer along with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
The latter duo have remained amid uncertainty regarding their future and Mourinho is sure there will be no such issues at Old Trafford any time soon.
Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Sam Johnstone have just a season remaining on their United deals, but the Portuguese points to the one-year extension clauses included within them.
The biggest question marks regard the future of injured striker Ibrahimovic and captain Carrick, with the veterans’ contracts due to expire next summer.
“Of course it makes a difference (to have a one-year option),” Mourinho said.
“When the club has a one-year option, it means that the players have one more year of contract so nobody is in the last year.
“The two players are in this situation are Zlatan and Carrick – two players that at the end of the season who are going to sit and to analyse what they did and what they want to do.
“But just Carrick and Zlatan, all the other players are under the club control until end of the 18/19 season, so we are speaking about June ’19. No player ends his contract.”
Mourinho appears to have forgotten that Marouane Fellaini is another whose contract expires next summer, with United having invoked the extension clause in his deal in January.