Erik ten Hag has told the Manchester United hierarchy to not hand out any new contracts while he runs the rule over who deserves a new deal, reports The Telegraph.

The Red Devils have eight senior players who are free agents next summer but with options to extend by a further 12 months inserted in their contracts.

United have the option of extending Cristiano Ronaldo, Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, Fred, Diogo Dalot, David de Gea, Phil Jones and Tom Heaton’s deal until 2024.

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According to Transfermarkt, Axel Tuanzebe and Alejandro Garnacho are also out of contract next summer, but they don’t have a 12-month extension option inserted in their deals.

Dalot, Garnacho and Rashford all look set to form part of Ten Hag’s long-term plan, but for the other seven players their United futures look far more precarious.

Erik ten Hag tells Manchester United to not hand out any new contracts yet

The report from The Telegraph states: “Ten Hag wants to learn more about his squad until the season pauses for the World Cup in Qatar in November before making decisions on players’ futures.

When former executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, was at the helm, under-performing stars were often rewarded with new lucrative deals, and it sent the wrong message to the dressing room.

Manchester United have made some big contract mistakes in the past, but under Ten Hag players are going to have earn a new contract and prove their worth to form part of his rebuild.

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The Telegraph’s report adds: “Ten Hag wants to move away from that (Ed Woodward) culture and is keen to ensure players do not fall into comfort zones and that any new deals are hard won.

Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and Lee Grant all left the club following the expiry of their contracts at the end of June.

After being battered 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium by Manchester City, seven weeks on from the chastening evening at Brentford, Ten Hag is cracking the whip at Old Trafford and wants control of all footballing-related decisions.

Following years of mismanagement, Ten Hag wants to get Manchester United’s house in order, and that could mean that several first-team players are left facing an anxious wait as to whether they’ll be offered a new contract.

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