Ashley Young has made it clear he wants to extend his future at Manchester United beyond this season.
The 33-year-old became a fundamental player under Jose Mourinho last season, making a total of 30 appearances in all competitions.
An extension clause on Young’s contract was activated in March but he will be free to speak with other clubs from January onwards ahead of possibly leaving on a free transfer in June.
But Young, speaking over the weekend, made it clear that he wished to remain at Old Trafford and fight for trophies.
“When you join a club like Manchester United , as soon as you walk through the door, if you don’t know the history, give it a week you will know the history,” he said.
“You get that feel of the club, you know the size of the club. For me the biggest club in the world, always has been, always will be.
“I know the history, the boys in the squad know the history. It’s all about winning trophies, silverware. That’s what the club is all about. You go into the museum, see what’s been won and want to be a part of that. I’ve been part of that and we’ve had successful years in the last couple of years.
“I’m 33, nearly 34 now, that’s not changed for me. I still want trophies, still want to win things and that’s what everyone in the squad wants. Everyone wants to win.”
Whoever takes United forward next season – come on, it won’t be Mourinho, surely? – must emphasise that Luke Shaw and Diogo Dalot are the club’s first choice full-backs. End of debate.
That does not, however, render Young entirely obsolete at United. Mourinho likes him primarily for his motivating and mature voice in the dressing room, which derives strongly from the ethic imposed by Sir Alex Ferguson. He is a senior, respected player who demands a certain level of application from others.
United do not want to lose that mentality, which is harder to come by with each passing year, but they must move past the days of Young starting at left-back every week.