Manchester United poised to activate Ander Herrera’s contract extension
Manchester United have been in fine form this year, with every single player in the squad shouldering some part of the burden this season. One area in which United have had quite a few injuries but have luckily been well reinforced in that area is in midfield. Both Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini have picked up injuries this campaign meaning Nemanja Matic has gone through a number of partners. One player that these injuries have aided is Ander Herrera, with the Spaniard finding his game time curtailed this season. While the midfielder is in the final year of his contract, The Sun are reporting that United are “poised to activate a 12-month extension…if talks over a new deal remain deadlocked”.
Marouane Fellaini stalling over a new contract
Like with Herrera, United have been desperately trying to tie down Marouane Fellaini to a new contract with the Belgian becoming an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s team. However, the Metro are reporting that United are “struggling”, after Fellaini “rejected the club’s opening contract offer”. Fellaini reportedly has offers on the table from Turkey, with the midfielder’s future still up in the air.
Mourinho is under Antonio Conte’s skin
In the constant war of words between managers, sparks seem to fly all too often with one manager getting under the skin of another. According to former-United midfielder Paul Scholes, it is the turn of Mourinho to be under Antonio Conte’s skin. The Chelsea manager had told Mourinho to stop talking about Chelsea after the United boss had accused some managers of “crying” about injuries. Asked whether Mourinho was now under Conte’s skin, Scholes told Sky Sports News: “It looks like he has done a little bit. Conte was probably badly advised, someone told him they were talking about him but Mourinho didn’t mention anyone’s name. He just said ‘other managers’. Conte’s had a little bite back”. Ryan Giggs also weighed in saying: “Teams are going to have injuries throughout the season. That is never going to change”.