Date: 5th October 2019 at 10:30am
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As United defender Luke Ayling signed a new long-term deal with the club this week, hot on the heels of Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas doing likewise, the club look to be tying down and securing key components of their team.

28-year-old Ayling, a regular at right-back over recent seasons since joining from Championship rivals Bristol City, is a popular figure amongst ‘Whites’ fans and offers Bielsa good versatility, having filled-in in central defence and at left-back when necessary.

The former Arsenal youngster has joined fellow first-team regulars Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas in committing his future to the club as they target promotion to the top flight once more.

The news of Ayling’s new contract – alongside that of his colleagues – drew a very underwhelming reaction from supporters however, who, though they value the input the quartet have had on the side over recent times, feel that only Phillips is capable of playing in the Premier League and a certain lack of ambition is being shown by the club in this case. As the news broke on Twitter, here’s what was said:

The despondency, though a little surprising, is clearly evident in these fan’s tweets.

Many United fans seem unsure of the message being sent out with recent contract renewals, while others see it as good long-term planning in terms of selling players on in the event of promotion to the Premier League.

 
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