Manchester United’s versatile midfielder Ashley Young has reaffirmed his desire to remain at Old Trafford this summer. The 32-year-old says he wants to end his career in the North-West.
Young has been somewhat of an unsung hero under Jose Mourinho this season, nailing down a starting place as a makeshift left-back, keeping the likes of Luke Shaw out of the team.
Signed from Aston Villa in 2011, the England international has made more than 180 appearances for United, winning a Premier League title, FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup among others.
The Express said last summer that Young was rumoured to be on his way to the Chinese Super League before the deal fell flat. He’s out of contract at the end of the season but isn’t paying attention to the rumours suggesting his United career could be coming to an end.
“It’s reported every year that I am about to leave but I’ve always wanted to be here. And for as long as I can, I’d like to finish my career at United. I’ve got that mentality to keep going and change people’s minds,” he said to the Daily Mail.
“I know how to play the game, I’ve got a football brain, and feel as fit and healthy as I did when I was younger. I’d be able to give the 23-year-old me a race.”
Young has made 21 Premier League appearances this season, making up a Manchester United defence featuring ex-Wigan winger Antonio Valencia at right-back, but has managed to turn in good performances.
The Red Devils have been linked with left-backs, as Mourinho will be targeting a long-term replacement for the likes of Young, but the former Watford winger has been an impressive surprise nevertheless.