However, the 54-year-old was quick to dismiss the prospect of Young moving anywhere this season, making it clear that the Englishman was part of his plans at Old Trafford.
But according to the Mail Online‘s Sami Mokbel, Shangdong Luneng have been plotting a deal since the turn of the year and will make an official bid for Young before the Chinese transfer window closes next week.
Fringe players, as a rule of thumb, tend to be unhappy figures, consigned to the occasional cup appearance and a seemingly never-ending series of unfruitful training sessions. Memphis Depay, now at Lyon, served as an ideal example. Something just told you that he was unhappy, even if you never actually saw much of him.
The case of Young, however, feels different. Following seven years at the club he can now be rightfully regarded as something of a veteran, and he will know better than most that whining about a lack of game time – as opposed to getting your head down and working – serves little purpose at Old Trafford.