Manchester United have reportedly taken the option of extending Ashley Young’s contract by an additional year with a new £6million deal. The England international is now contracted at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019.
The 32-year-old earned the opportunity to feature in the left-back role in mid-September, and he has since taken his chance with both stands, keeping the likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian out of the starting lineup.
As a result, his performances have also been noticed by Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate, who offered him a recall to the national setup after a lengthy four-year absence.
According to The Mirror, United have decided to prolong the stay of Young beyond next summer by invoking a 12-month option in his existing contract. The report goes on to suggest the club have decided to stick with the £130,000-a-week package, he is currently earning.
Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are presently the preferred picks in the right and left-back positions respectively and Mourinho could rest the pair when United take on Basel in Wednesday’s Champions League outing.
Manchester United are virtually through to the knockout phase of the elite competition, and the manager could utilise Darmian and Blind on either side of the centre-backs at St Jakob Park.