MANCHESTER UNITED may have celebrated the signing of Dan James yesterday — but the future of their three biggest stars is still up in the air.
Marcus Rashford and David De Gea are no nearer signing new contracts that have been on the table all year. They will both be free agents in 12 months’ time.
3 Real Madrid and Barcelona are both keen on Spain No 1 David de Gea, who has not signed a new Man Utd contractCredit: PA:Press Association
3 England star Marcus Rashford would surely start next season as the first-choice Man Utd striker if he staysCredit: PA:Empics Sport
Paul Pogba, meanwhile, wants to start afresh elsewhere after three mediocre seasons mired with problems.
There was a time when Paul Scholes would just ask where to sign when a new contract was offered.
Those were the days when players desperately wanted to be at a club that was winning honours for fun.
Right now nobody at United has fun — and as for top trophies, well, that is a very distant dream.
United used to click their fingers and players would come running.
Only Barcelona and Real Madrid could match them.
Not now. Meanwhile Manchester City and Liverpool can provide a much more attractive brochure for a purchase.
It is proving difficult for United to even keep players. When you cannot convince Ander Herrera to stay, you know you are in trouble.
Juan Mata cannot come to an agreement to extend his stay either.
But it is the situation with De Gea and Rashford that is more worrying.
Both Spanish giants are interested in Rashford. In January he was flattered by that news but had his heart set on staying.