Manchester United defensive duo Ashley Young and Daley Blind have triggered 12-month contract extensions, reports Manchester Evening News. Blind has hardly featured for the Red Devils this season, but the new deal will mean United can cash in on him this summer, rather than lose him for free.
Young, who joined from Aston Villa in 2011, has become a fully-fledged left-back under Jose Mourinho. The 32-year-old has made 21 Premier League appearances this season, keeping Luke Shaw out of the starting lineup, and will now remain at Old Trafford until 2019.
United could well shop for a long-term replacement at left-back if Mourinho doesn’t trust Shaw ahead of next season, but Young has been a terrific servant in the last seven years. The English international, currently earning £110k-per-week, has made over 180 appearances in all competitions, winning the Premier League title, Fa Cup and League Cup.
Blind, however, hasn’t nailed down a starting place since his 2014 move from Ajax. The 27-year-old has made just five Premier League appearances this season, amassing just four minutes of playing time since August 2017. Mourinho has used the £75k-per-week outcast in the Champions League and League Cup, but his future looks away from Old Trafford regardless.