Tahith Chong Manchester United Tactical Analysis

Two highly-rated academy graduates are approaching the end of their various contracts, but talks regarding extensions are continuing.

Manchester United stay in discussions over new contracts for Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown.

Two exciting academy graduates are coming to the end of their various bargains at Old Trafford.

If no new terms are agreed, then both will be free to proceed over the summer.

Speculation has surfaced regarding potential landing areas, with Netherlands U21 international winger Chong said to be fascinating Serie A giants Juventus and Inter.

United are understandably keen to avoid seeing such possible slip through their net.

The clock is ticking on talks with Gomes and Chong, but Solskjaer remains optimistic concerning the Red Devils’ chances of compelling to stay put.

He told reporters when asked for an upgrade on a long-running saga: “Well we are still in discussions with them.”

The United boss included, with Gomes and Chong having guessed in an Under-19s fixture against Club Brugge on Wednesday instead of forming part of their senior fold for a Europa League last-32 experience a day after: “Tahith scored [in a 2-0 triumph ].

“He would rather play a game than sitting from the stands. He’s just making certain he’s ready when he gets a chance.

“He played very well against Wolverhampton in the FA Cup and I am very delighted with him.

“The boys have got a terrific attitude. They are absolutely top-class boys and we are doing what we can to maintain them because in a few years we can see them getting very, very good players.”

Solskjaer handed a senior debut to Chong in an FA Cup clash with Reading last season, while Gomes left his bow under Jose Mourinho at only 16 years old.

They could come into contention for more minutes in a Premier League meeting with Watford on Sunday, with United prepared to shuffle their pack again during a busy period.

“Well, naturally, with team selection you have got to possibly rotate in Europe like we have done,” Solskjaer added.

“Maybe go back to what we were against Chelsea this week. We played three matches in a week.

“I feel with Bruno [Fernandes] coming in and Odion [Ighalo] coming in we will get more goals in the group. That has been lacking. The games we have lost – West Indies, Burnley, Palace, Bournemouth – we have had chances but we have not scored goals.

“And you can absolutely find that Bruno gives us another dimension.”