Ashley Young set to sign new contract at Manchester United

Press Association Sport 18:16 06/02/2019
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Ashley Young

Ashley Young is set to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the summer, Press Association Sport understands.

Signed from Aston Villa in 2011, the 33-year-old has won the Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League and EFL Cup during his time at Old Trafford.

Young has successfully transitioned from winger to full-back in recent seasons, as well as taking up a leadership role and regularly wearing the captain’s armband for United.

The 33-year-old is now set to stay at Old Trafford for at least one more year amid interest from elsewhere.

Young’s current deal expires in the summer but Press Association Sport understands talks are progressing well over a new deal, making it seem a case of when rather than if an announcement is made.

Asked about his contract status in December, the full-back said: “That’s up to the club. 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.”

An important part of the England side that reached the World Cup semi-finals in Russia, the full-back has made 25 appearances in all competitions for United this season.

Young has started all but two of United’s matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival as caretaker manager and skippered the side to a 1-0 win at Leicester on Sunday.

“Ashley’s wearing the armband, yes, because Antonio’s struggled with fitness as well, in and out,” Solskjaer said last month of United’s captaincy structure with Antonio Valencia regularly absent.

“But Antonio’s still the club captain, but Ash is wearing the armband when he’s playing.

“I’ve never been a fan of ‘you’re this and you’re that’. Once in a while it’s to give, say David (De Gea) was captain one of these games when Ash didn’t play.”

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