Ashley Young has been kept waiting over a contract renewal at Manchester United.
The 30-year-old joined the club in 2011 and his contract is set to expire next summer but no advanced talks have taken place in regard to extending his stay at Old Trafford.
Young won over many Man United fans last season as his form improved rapidly under Louis van Gaal and he became one of the most important players over the course of the season.
However, despite this upturn in form, the winger has still not received a new contract offer and his future remains up in the air.
“I think a lot of people thought I had it done [a new deal] but I haven’t. It’s in the club’s hands now so I will have to see how it goes,” said Young.
“I hope we can sort things out. There have been preliminary talks so I am just looking to go out on the pitch and leave my agent to take care of that.”
When asked whether he thought the contract would be tied up soon, Young replied: “You will have to ask the club that.”
Young became one of the key aspects to United’s newfound brilliance in big games under Van Gaal last term.
Wins over Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham were heavily influenced by Young and given that 12 months earlier his absence from the team was cheered, his renaissance was remarkable.
Bolstered by the presence of Marouane Fellaini, Young was a menace on the left. With the additions of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, Young will be able to make further use of the extra space the two new signings will look to provide.
Based on his first season with the club, nobody would have expected Young to blossom like he did under Van Gaal but fair play to him for proving everybody wrong.
Off the pitch, Young has always carried himself very well and he connects closely with the fans. Now that he is doing it on the pitch as well, he’s made himself an important member of the squad and it would now come as somewhat of a surprise if he were not to be offered a new contract.