Manchester United’s versatile winger Ashley Young is reportedly desperate to extend his deal at the club by at least one more year, with his contract coming to an end in 2018.
The 32-year-old is set to make a first-team return after a long injury layoff, after having recently appeared for the side’s U-23 squad to gain some minutes under his belt. Young will find it difficult to find regular football under manager Jose Mourinho, though, and he could be limited to being just a squad player this season too.
Despite that fact, however, Young is set to hold talks with Mourinho in order to find a solution regarding his 12-month extension clause, according to The Sun.
The Portuguese is keen to let the wide-man leave next summer, and it is understood that the Mancunian club will not hinder the player’s departure. Reports also state that despite Young wanting to play regular football, he will be happy to help Jose in any manner possible.
Young was linked with a return to former club Watford this summer, but no move materialized. United won’t mind letting him leave for free next year, but they do have an option to cash in on him in the January transfer window.
Jose used Young in the wing-back position last term, and the Englishman went on to feature in 23 games before injury got the better of him. United have an array of options in their attacking quartet this season, though, and Young is unlikely to find a forward berth.
Meanwhile, Luke Shaw is set to return from injury this month, and Marcos Rojo too, will be back by the end of this year. Therefore, Young could find it difficult to feature as a wing-back too. It will be interesting to see whether he gets a chance to make his first appearance of this season when United play in the League Cup this month.
Young has spent 6 seasons with the Old Trafford club, and the next few weeks will be crucial once he has the talk with Mourinho.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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