Reports: Ashley Young extends contract with Manchester United
Reports suggest Manchester United winger Ashley Young has agreed to sign a contract extension that will keep him at the club for three more years, according to reports in ESPN FC. Young was in the final year of his contract and has reportedly accepted the deal put on the table by the management.
The 30-year-old former Aston Villa man had a great year last season, as he revived his career at the Old Trafford outfit and was one of manager Louis van Gaal’s most trusted players. He was played in multiple positions by the Dutchman and showed he had the versatility to adapt when he was played at both left full-back and left wing-back.
He replaced British record signing Angel Di Maria in the starting XI and his performances ensured that the Argentine international could not make it back into the first eleven, and in some way contributed to the former Real Madrid man’s desire to quit the team and look to try and join Paris Saint-Germain.
Young showed Van Gaal that he could play in the full-back positions, excelling in the 3-5-2 adopted initially by Van Gaal and then doing very well in the 4-3-3 too, playing out wide on the left wing.
The England international also popped up with important goals during the course of the season, none more so than the goal he scored against Manchester City in the derby to bring the teams back on level terms, in a match that United won 4-2.
Although contract talks between Young’s representatives and the club had started last season, both sides showed the patience and intent to work out a deal, and have now been able to do so, based on the reports so far.