Manchester United extend Ashley Young’s contract by another year – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United have activated a clause on Ashley Young‘s contract to keep him at the club for another year, according to reports.

The Englishman, who only managed 12 Premier League appearances last year, has earned a regular spot in Jose Mourinho’s side this term, featuring 30 times at left-back this season.

His performances have earned him a recall to the England squad and pushed aside Luke Shaw, who looks set to leave Man United in the summer following further public criticism from Mourinho.

And according to Sky Sports, the club has decided to reward Young’s performances this season with another year on his current deal, which was set to expire in June.

The sight of Shaw, an actual left-back, heading for the exit door whilst Young, 33 in the summer and a winger by trade, remains at the club will undoubtedly leave supporters disgruntled with the manager.

And if Mourinho insists on keeping Young as his first choice left-back for next season, there will be hell to pay – on the pitch and, consequently, from supporters.

Manchester City fell short in the Premier League and left the Champions League at the last-16 stage last season. Pep Guardiola responded by splashing out over £100m on full-backs – an area he knew needed refurbishment and modernising – and it has worked.

Mourinho has no excuse to not exercise a similar overhaul in the summer. The era of Young and Antonio Valencia as first choice full-backs needs to be finally put to bed.

 

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