First team news: Man Utd star determined to extend his Old Trafford stay

England international Ashley Young has set his sights on a new contract with Manchester United after evolving into a regular under Jose Mourinho. The 32-year-old had the opportunity to leave the Old Trafford outfit earlier in the summer, but he decided to stay put to fight for his future.

Young recovered from a hamstring problem during the second month of the 2017/18 season, and he has since started in 16 of United’s 24 matches, whilst establishing himself as the first-choice on the left side of the defence.

According to The Manchester Evening News, the veteran is keen to earn an extension beyond the current campaign, at a time when his contract is due to expire.

United boss Jose Mourinho has already suggested that he would take the opportunity of triggering the one-year extension clause on a player approaching the final months of his contract, and Young is likely to want a longer contract owing to his top showing this term.

Young will be turning 33 by July, but the Englishman has not shown any signs of wearing out with his performances having improved as the season has gone along.

Mourinho does value the experience of both Young and Antonio Valencia on and off the field, but the club would still have to prepare themselves for the long-run with newer signings.

Luke Shaw, in particular, has earned praise from Mourinho whilst operating at left-back, but he is still apparently behind Young when the nod for the Premier League and Champions League duties comes about.


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