Manchester United have reportedly taken up the one-year extension clause in Ashley Young ‘s contract to prolong his stay until the summer of 2019. The England international has been the Red Devils’ first-choice left-back this term with Luke Shaw struggling to win over manager Jose Mourinho for the position.
According to Sky Sports News, United have decided to extend Young’s contract until the end of next season after his strong showing during the course of the current season. Despite being close to his 33rd birthday, Young has managed to maintain his performance levels over 90 minutes in most league games and his defensive showing, in particular, has been a highlight with his most-notable feat coming against Liverpool where he neutralised the threat of Mohamed Salah earlier this month.
United’s decision to extend Young’s contract should certainly benefit them in the short run but there remains concerns over who could cement the position for the long-term. Shaw has already been the subject of public criticism from Jose Mourinho after he was substituted at half-time in the recent FA Cup win over Brighton and there remains possibility of the 22-year-old making way to pursue regular gametime next season.
Meanwhile, the likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian have endured similar kind of situations after struggling for regular first-team football and there could be a potential overhaul of the left side of the defence this summer. According to The Sun, Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon has been earmarked as a probable candidate, who would succeed Young after playing as his understudy in his formative years.
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