Manchester United defenders Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair and exciting young midfielder Andreas Pereira are being made to sweat on their Old Trafford futures as negotiations over new contracts for the trio continue to make no progress.
According to BBC Sport, the three Red Devils academy graduates are yet to find out if they'll be offered extensions to their current deals, which all expire at the end of the season.
Blackett and McNair's situation is particularly surprising given that both players have made great strides at the Theatre of Dreams in 2014/15, each making their senior breakthrough after being handed first-team debuts by manager Louis van Gaal this term.
England U21 international Blackett first made an impression on the Dutch coach during the club's pre-season tour of the United States, and was rewarded for his fine form with a surprise start in the opening day defeat against Swansea City.
After the return of senior stars like Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans from injury, the 20-year-old has found regular action more difficult to come by, but made his 10th appearance of the campaign as a second-half substitute in last Sunday's 1-0 defeat against Southampton.
Meanwhile, McNair - who was also named on the bench for last weekend's home clash with Saints - reached the same landmark in the FA Cup third round victory over Yeovil Town at Huish Park earlier this month, and has been rewarded for his meteoric rise with a call-up to the Northern Ireland senior squad at the back end of last year.
Manager Michael O'Neill picked the 19-year-old for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania in November, and has high hopes for the talented teenager who has made a positive impact in Van Gaal's side this season.
The same can't be said for midfield prospect Pereira, though, whose solitary senior appearance came in the shock 4-0 defeat against League One outfit MK Dons in the Capital One Cup back in August. However, he has previously been tipped for a bright future in the game, so it would be surprising to see him let go so early in his Manchester United career.
All three players have been free to speak with foreign clubs after entering the final six months of their respective deals on January 1, but it appears they are each holding out for an offer that might not come from the Red Devils if the current silence is anything to go by.
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