Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large

New deals in offing at Old Trafford

The club have allowed a host of senior squad members to reach the penultimate year of their contracts, ultimately inviting a fraught and expensive round of renewals next year.

Manchester United's traumas over contract renegotiations are unlikely to end with Wayne Rooney's new deal.

The club have allowed a host of senior squad members to reach the penultimate year of their contracts, ultimately inviting a fraught and expensive round of renewals next year.

The players whose Old Trafford contracts expire in June 2012 include the occasional captain Patrice Evra, the influential midfielder Darren Fletcher, the leading goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov, the adaptable Ji-sung Park and the Brazil international Anderson.

All five are important elements of Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.

In contrast to other elite European clubs, United have moved towards a policy of leaving contract renewals until the summer before expiry.

The strategy has helped United to keep their wages-to-turnover ratio at the lowest level in the Premier League. However, encumbered by an estimated 750 million (Dh4.35 billion) of leveraged debt following the Glazer family's takeover, United's ability to pay market-leading salaries has diminished.

The extra resources invested in keeping Rooney in situ he almost doubled his wages will limit the club's manoeuvre room in future renegotiations.

Rooney's teammates will have noted the impact of his explicit flirtation with Manchester City on his contract discussions and would be forgiven for expecting their own substantial pay rises.

Though United have yet to initiate contract talks with Evra, the France left-back is understood to be calm about his situation.

Anderson, 22, whose initial progress has been slowed by knee surgery, has had trouble adapting to life in England, but he has been advised to continue his career at United if possible.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 Mitchell Johnson of Kings XI Punjab bowling in the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday. Pawan Singh / The National / April 20, 2014

IPL Day 5 action in Sharjah

Images from the fifth day of the Indian Premier League in the UAE on Sunday, with Kings XI Punjab beating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets with eight balls remaining.

 Raheem Sterling of Liverpool scores the opening goal against Norwich City on Sunday at Carrow Road. Michael Regan / Getty Images / April 20, 2014

In pictures: Sterling, Suarez inch Liverpool closer to title

Raheem Sterling, with a double, and Luis Suarez accounted for all three goals in Liverpool’s 3-2 away win over Norwich City on Sunday, leaving them five points up on Chelsea with three left to play.

 Manager Matt Williams benching star Bryce Harper, above, may have sent the wrong message to the rest of the Washington Nationals. Mike Ehrmann / AFP

Benching Harper sends Williams’s right message the wrong way

Matt Williams, the Washington Nationals manager, made the biggest move of his 18-game tenure on Saturday, benching rising star Bryce Harper for his “lack of hustle”.

 Arsenal's Lukas Podolski celebrates his second goal during the Premier League match against Hull City at The KC Stadium in Hull, England, on April 20, 2014. Lynne Cameron / AP Photo

Arsenal maintain push for top-four finish with victory at Hull

Hull could end up in Europe regardless of the FA Cup final result if Arsenal finish in the Uefa Champions League places

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 Stanislas Wawrinka turned away fellow Swiss Roger Federer with a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 20, 2014. Julian Finney / Getty Images

Wawrinka backhands Federer aside at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka won the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time after rallying to beat Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in a rare all-Swiss final.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National