Manchester United have triggered a one-year contract extension for Ashley Young, reports The Sun.
The 32-year-old has been in fine form as a makeshift left-back this season, keeping Luke Shaw on the bench this season, and has been rewarded in the form of a 12-month deal that keeps him at Old Trafford until 2019.
Young joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 and has gone on to make over 190 appearances in all competitions with the Red Devils. This season, the winger-turned-defender has made 30 appearances and has been recently recalled to the England squad because of his impressive club form.
With Luke Shaw struggling for consistency this season, manager Jose Mourinho has instead stuck with the £110k-per-week man at left-back and hasn’t been let down. Supporters have been delighted with Young’s performances this season and United extending the veteran’s stay gives them time to find a long-term replacement.
The Englishman turns 33 in July and has no real competition for a starting place. Shaw could be on his way out of Old Trafford, according to latest reports, which may force United to shop for a talented Young replacement in the summer transfer market – Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Alex Sandro (Juventus) and Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) have been linked.