Ashley Young Hands In Request To Leave Manchester United

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young has requested Jose Mourinho to allow him to leave Old Trafford on loan this January, according to latest reports.

Young, 31, has not started a Premier League match for Manchester United over the past two months, and has managed only fleeting appearances for the Red Devils since Mourinho took charge last summer.

A stunning bid from the Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng is reported to be on the table, but according to the Daily Mail, Young would rather prefer a loan switch in the Premier League.

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The Chinese club are ready to offer Young £16m net in salary over three years, and United will be tempted to let the winger leave if they recoup a fair share of the £17m they paid Aston Villa to land him in 2011.

West Ham, West Brom, Watford, Crystal Palace, and Swansea City are all believed to be keeping a close eye on Young’s current situation.

United are perhaps delaying any decision on Young considering the fact that Jose Mourinho needs backups for the Europa League and FA Cup fixtures in the second half of the campaign.

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Mourinho revealed earlier this month that only back-up keeper Sam Johnstone would be allowed a loan move mid-season. And Sky Sports are reporting that the club hierarchy are still against the prospect.

Manchester United are more interested in a permanent transfer, despite Young’s huge popularity in the dressing room.

The veteran Englishman is understood to be really unhappy with United board this term after falling out of favour under Mourinho. His current contract with United runs until 2018, but with just six starts to his name this term, he now believes his future lies elsewhere.


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