Contracts activated for six Reds

Friday 16 June 2023 12:36

Manchester United have taken up the option to extend six players' contracts during the close season.

The Reds have triggered the terms of the deals with two members of the men's first-team goalkeeping group. 

Experienced Tom Heaton, who is in his second spell at Old Trafford, played in two matches last term, the Carabao Cup victories against Charlton Athletic and Nottingham Forest, keeping two clean sheets en route to Erik ten Hag's men lifting the trophy at Wembley.

Nathan Bishop is the other keeper, with the 23-year-old staying at United throughout 2022/23 after previously being on loan at Mansfield Town.

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Ethan Laird is another player whose contract has been activated for a further year, with the defender back from a season-long stint at Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The attacking full-back, a product of our Academy, made 30 league starts for the Londoners, and a total of 33 appearances during a spell that will have considerably furthered his experience of senior football.

Centre-back Rhys Bennett, a member of the FA Youth Cup-winning team of 2021/22, captaining the side and scoring in the final against Nottingham Forest, has had his contract extended.

This follows a season when he frequently trained with the senior squad and came on as a substitute in the friendly against Real Betis during the World Cup break.

Second-year Academy scholar Sonny Aljofree recently signed his first professional contract at the club, while fellow defender Marcus Lawrence completes the list.