Ashley Young set to have talks with Manchester United over contract extension

by Leo Nieboer

Ashley Young and his representatives will hold talks with Manchester United over extending his contract at Old Trafford until 2019, according to reports.

The Englishman only made 12 appearances under Jose Mourinho last season but proved to be a vital influence when called upon, especially against Liverpool and Chelsea.

He was linked with a variety of clubs over the transfer window, including Stoke City, but his valuation deterred potential suitors from making a formal bid.

And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, Young – whose contract expires at the end of the season – will hold discussions with the club over activating a clause on his contract that enables him to remain at Old Trafford for another year.

The 32-year-old is a rare breed in the modern game insofar as he doesn’t mind his status as a fringe player. With greater experience comes a recognition that success only comes through a collective effort, and Young, now entering his 12th Premier League season, clearly understands this notion very well.

He does not panic at the sight of being on the bench; he knows that, in a long, topsy-turvy season, his chance will come, and rarely does he ever let down Mourinho when called upon. And supporters will be glad to see his presence in the dressing room prolonged for another year.

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