Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been impressed by Ashley Young’s efforts during the current campaign and believes the Englishman would remain an important player for the club next term.
Young has been plying his trade in a make-shift left-back position this season, from where he has contributed two goals and seven assists and it appears that the Portuguese is pleased with his progress.
In a report covered by United’s official website, Mourinho said: “When I arrived, he was playing a few matches per season. For the last couple of seasons, lots of injuries, lots of doubts, lots of question marks about his future at the highest level.
“I think he’s better now than he was two years ago. That’s the way I see things and, next year again, he will be an important member of our squad. If he’s now on 200, I hope, next season, he goes into the 250s.”
Young has been criticised for his reluctance to make forward runs beyond the winger and there has been suggestion that United could pursue Juventus’ Alex Sandro to replace him during the summer.
However, this does not appear with Mourinho now pretty affirming that Young would remain the club’s first-choice left-back regardless of him approaching his 33rd birthday.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have been playing deputy to Young this campaign and Mourinho has previously stressed that he has no plans of sanctioning possible exits during the summer.
Young made his 200th appearance for United during Thursday night’s league trip to West Ham.