Ashley Young is reportedly set to hold future talks with Manchester United and is understood to be keen on staying for another year
According to a report by The Sun, Ashley Young wants to hold showdown talks with Jose Mourinho regarding his future and is interested in staying for another year. Although the 32-year-old winger will be without a contract next summer, he has a 12-month extension option which the Red Devils could activate and keep him as a squad player.
Ashley Young secured a move to Manchester United from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011 after spending four campaigns with the club. Over the course of the last six seasons though, Young hasn’t been able to make it work despite playing under four different managers at Old Trafford.
In fact, he has not established himself as a key member of the first team squad yet. His versatility has always come in handy for United with the player being deployed as a winger, a striker, a full-back as well as a wing-back. In total, Young has played 164 times for Manchester United, scoring 14 goals and providing 32 assists.
While the numbers do not amount to much, the 32-year-old still has over a decade’s worth of experience in the Premier League – a feat not many people can boast of. Young is probably past his best form but he can still provide value for the Red Devils during an injury crisis, if he does stay back.
Besides, Young has already been a squad player for United for a while now. His future was believed to be in extreme jeopardy when Ivan Perisic was linked with the club, but that move did not go through so Young can hope to continue at Old Trafford for another year.
Interestingly, the veteran forward was heavily linked with an exit in the winter transfer window, but the move was blocked by Jose Mourinho since he needed reinforcements at that point, considering how injuries and fatigue had lessened the number of fit players at his disposal.
Young can provide cover at either side of the midfield and also in the right-back area – and this is definitely an asset United will value going forward, especially with months of grueling Premier League and Champions :eague commitments lined up.