The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern have been very impressed with the form of Ashley Young this season. The Englishman has spent much of his time at Old Trafford on the periphery of the first team, but that has changed under Jose Mourinho this term.
Owing to squad issues, the England international has been given a chance in a number of positions this term, and in recent months he has made the left-back spot his own under Mourinho. Indeed, given his age and his naturally offensive position, the nature of his performances have impressed everyone in the Transfer Tavern.
His future, then, has unsurprisingly been a big topic of debate in the pub, given that his contract was known to expire at the end of the season.
That, however, is no longer the case – at least according to the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail are reporting that Man Utd have taken the decision to trigger an option in his contract to extend the deal by a further year – meaning that his contract now expires in 2019.
Young’s form resurgence has been crucial for the Red Devils this season, having emerged as one of their most solid and consistent defenders.
His fine recent form has even led to an England recall ahead of the World Cup, highlighting his return to prominence. It has also brought uncertainty over the long-term future of Luke Shaw at Man Utd, with Young’s form forcing Shaw out of the first team.
Whilst Young’s role in the squad does have an air of short-term planning about it, you can’t argue with results – and the Englishman is really impressing.
It’s no real surprise that Young will now be able to add to his 31 England caps, and it’s certainly no surprise that Man Utd want to keep him. If anything, they’ve left it a bit too late – given how little time he has left on his deal.
He’s clearly a very different player to that which he was a few years ago, but he’s not any worse. If anything, his recent run of form has been one of the best of his career.
Whether he’ll keep his spot into next season remains to be seen, but he’ll clearly have a role to play.
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