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Ashley Young reportedly agrees a new one-year contract at Manchester United

Manchester United fullback Ashley Young has reportedly agreed on a new one-year contract with the Old Trafford club. It has been suggested that talks had been ongoing since November and the 33-year-old will remain at the club for the 2019/20 season. Young has been a target for other Premier League clubs, according to reports but clearly sees his future will lie at United. The player has been in good form recently and has knocked Antonio Valencia out of the side and most of the time is the captain on the pitch.

United signed Young eight years ago from Aston Villa for a fee of around £17 million, led at the time by Sir Alex Ferguson. Whilst playing for United, Young has won many major honours, including; one Premier League title, one FA Cup, one EFL Cup, one FA Community Shield, and one UEFA Europa League trophy. Granted it is not the most spectacular trophy haul but is much better than other players at other clubs.

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Although Young will turn 34 in the summer, he has proven himself as a player needed in this team. Some criticise him because he is a winger who has been converted into a fullback but he’s pretty good in the role he performs in, most of the time. Young, like any other player in this game, will have off days, that is all part of life. I would much rather see Young in the right-back role over Valencia, although I would rather see Diogo Dalot given the nod ahead of both players.

Young was a favourite of Jose Mourinho and has been stalwart under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, playing in the majority of the ten matches the Norwegian has managed at the club so far this season. Young was favoured so much that he was called up for England ahead of the FIFA World Cup last summer, which saw England reach the semi-finals of the tournament, going out to the runners-up, Croatia. It shows that Young still has something to offer at this level of the game.

Back in December, Young spoke to the media about how he felt at this stage of his career, with him saying; “I feel as fit as when I was 21 years old. As long as my legs can keep taking me up and down the pitch, I’d love to stay here.” He obviously still feels good, so why change anything. He’s a player with a lot to offer and could be used to ease Dalot into the starting XI on a more regular basis, which may take some time.

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Recently, United has secured Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, and Anthony Martial to new contracts with speculation also linking Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, and David De Gea to new deals, which would be a wise choice by the club, for most of those players anyway. This has led to some moaning from the social media supporters of the club suggesting that United would rather keep what they have as it would be much cheaper than to bring in new players. However, applying logic, why change something that works?

This summer is going to be very important for Manchester United. It is said that Ed Woodward wants to have a new manager in place at this time, also bringing in a Director of Football which should ensure the club get the important decisions right, which Woodward seems to fail to understand. Eric Cantona has recently put a cat amongst the pigeons by posting on Instagram saying; “I can’t tell you anything but you will love it,” also tagging in the club. Could he be involved in the new era of the club?

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