Manchester United have told Serbia international Nemanja Matic that they intend to activate an extension clause in his soon-to-expire deal amid the club’s current injury crisis in the middle of the pitch.

After being frozen out at the start of the campaign and then hampered by injury, Nemanja has finally been brought back into the United team in the latest weeks after Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba’s fresh injury blows.

Nemanja has started each of the side’s last three PL matches and looks set to be an integral member over the coming weeks and months.

However, Matic’s current contract expires in the summer and he is currently free to reach a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of the PL – while it had been suggested that United could cash in this January rather than lose him for nothing.

But, according to The Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s problems in the middle zone have seen the United boss reassess Matic’s value to the roster and there is no chance of him being allowed to depart in January.

Instead, Old Trafford chiefs have spoken to Matic’s agents and explained that they will trigger the 12-month extension option in his deal.

His future at the Old Trafford will remain uncertain, though, with the board still keen to offload a player who turns 32 in the summer when the next market rolls around, and they hope to get around £15 million for him.

Although Solskjaer is interested in offloading Matic once United’s injury crisis has eased, he is pleased with his contribution in the latest weeks.