Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is moving to give three players new contracts after sorting out Victor Lindelof and David de Gea with enormous pay rises.
The medium term future of both players is relatively secure after the pair of them extended their deals this week and ends interest - for now - in both players from Spain and elsewhere, despite neither of them playing especially well yet this season.
However Ed Woodward cannot be trusted to properly buy players who aren’t much worse than both of them, and so sticking rather than twisting is probably the sensible choice regardless.
There are three more players that Solskjaer would like to keep and give new deals too, though. Paul Pogba is the first, and while he has been awful for most games for the past two years, people appear stupid enough to want to pay an absolute fortune for him regardless. He has two years left on his current deal, so getting him to sign a new deal would help preserve his resale value to fund a replacement, ideally a player who can be bothered to give the occasional eff.
The second is Mason Greenwood, with the teenager coming into first team contention following the loan of Alexis Sanchez and sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and Inter Milan, respectively.
The third is Jesse Lingard, so we might as well all give up now. He has two years on his contract and the idea that United can’t find better than him in two years is just depressing.