Ashley Young and Daley Blind to be handed one year contract extensions at Manchester United – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have activated clauses on the contracts of Ashley Young and Daley Blind that will keep them at the club until 2019, according to reports.

Young has played a fundamental role under Jose Mourinho since returning from injury this September, making 20 Premier League starts this season from 28 games.

Blind has featured far less in the Premier League, with his last start coming in August, but played an important role in the FA Cup and Champions League prior to suffering an ankle injury from which he has not yet recovered.

And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, the pair will both see their futures extended until 2019 along with keeper Sam Johnstone, currently on loan at Aston Villa.

Some may dispute the idea of Mourinho continuing to rely on players approaching the twilight stage of their careers, and if the Portuguese continues to place players like Young and Blind at the centre of his plans next season then supporters have every right to deride the boss for failing to look forward.

But that seems extremely unlikely, especially with Mourinho noting back in December that the money spent on the rebuilding job at Old Trafford over the last few years – almost half a billion – was still “not enough”, which seems to infer that the 55-year-old sees the upcoming market as the time when United make their biggest splash in the transfer market to date.

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