Manchester United's stance on a Man City style clear out

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Next summer at United will be the stuff of dreams for fans of video game Football Manager when it comes to making their mark at the virtual Old Trafford.


As it stands, a dozen players' contracts expire at the end of the season although United have the option of triggering an automatic one-year extension on eight of them - Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Anthony Martial, David de Gea, James Wilson and Andreas Pereira.


With Ed Woodward at the helm, United have tended to take up that option - if only to protect the re-sale value of their assets - and you would think that is a mere formality in the coming months.

Bizarrely, that could mean Wilson, who has not made a competitive appearance for United's first team since October, 2015, being kept on to ensure the club make a profit on an academy graduate when his loan at Aberdeen finishes.

It is a slightly different story for Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Luke Shaw, though. The quartet's contracts expire in the summer and they will be free to talk to other clubs from January, 2019.

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