Ashley Young has insisted that he is very happy at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho, expressing a determination to remain at the club until at least the end of next season.
It was reported over the January transfer window that Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng had expressed an interest in securing the Englishman’s signature.
But Mourinho, when asked about the links, was quick to confirm that Young would not be leaving Old Trafford this season, noting that the 31-year-old was part of his plans at Man United.
And Young, when asked whether he was happy at United, responded: “Yeah, of course.”
“I am concentrating on my football. I am here at Manchester United for the rest of the season and another year, so I am concentrating on everything here.”
“It would be fantastic [to start in the League Cup final]. But that is down to the manager to decide. As long as I am ready then we will just have to wait and see.”
The days of Young featuring as a winger appear to be long gone. But this should come as no surprise: Mourinho, after all, has always placed emphasis on utilising wingers capable of surging inside and linking up with teammates; the Englishman’s style, on the other hand, favours a more direct, positional approach, hallmarked by his superb crossing ability above anything else.
But Young has adapted brilliantly over the past year or so, displaying an aptitude for dominating the full-back role with a mixture of discipline and raw energy. Displacing Antonio Valencia at right back is indeed a tall order, but supporters will agree that the Englishman – when handed a chance – has displayed hardly any signs of weakness under Mourinho.