The mood amongst the Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern was one of disappointment and concern in the days which followed their Champions League defeat against Sevilla last week, but their victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening has duly injected some optimism back into the club.
Jose Mourinho and his side were facing something of a crisis last week after they were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla, so it was crucial they responded to their critics with a morale-boosting victory in the quarter-final of the FA Cup. Although United were once again far from their imperious best, they got the job done against the travelling Seagulls courtesy of goals from Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic who sealed their side’s place in the semi-final of the competition.
The result gave the Red Devils punters propping up our bar plenty of reason to be merry over the weekend, and the news regarding a contract extension for Ashley Young (valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt) gave them a further boost on Sunday afternoon. Young has been in fine form for the club whilst operating at left-back for the majority of the season so far, and according to The Daily Mail, he has justly been rewarded for his fine form with a 1-year contract extension which will keep him in Manchester until June 2019.
Considering the level of performance Young has managed to consistently deliver this season at 32-year-old, the contract news should be considered as a fantastic piece of business for the club, but the development could suggest that Luke Shaw is set to leave Old Trafford in the summer. Shaw has struggled to make his mark on the club this season due to injury problems and Mourinho’s apparent lack of appreciation for his talent.
Shaw was handed a starting berth by Mourinho for United’s clash against Brighton on Saturday evening, but he was withdrawn at half-time in place of Young. In the aftermath of proceedings, Mourinho admitted that Shaw had not collected an injury or minor knock and that he simply wanted to improve the solidity of his defence for the second-half.
Mourinho’s admission is an ominous sign for a player who has received public criticism from his manager in the past, and the news emerging regarding Young’s new contract clearly indicates that Shaw will find himself playing second fiddle to the experienced midfielder come full-back next season. At this stage in his career, Shaw would be wise to make the decision to depart Old Trafford in search of first-team football and a manager who is willing to lend him the opportunity to prove himself in the Premier league as soon as possible.
Young’s contract extension is a good deal for everybody involved with the club, apart from Luke Shaw who will almost certainly become a casualty of United’s most recent contractual agreement.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!