Ashley Young is hopeful of a new contract at Manchester United after captaining the Reds in their comfortable 4-1 victory against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
The 32-year-old returned from injury at the start of the September and has been thoroughly impressive, initially at right-back and, for the last few games, as a left-wing-back.
Young’s current deal at Old Trafford will expire at the end of this season, and he’s publicly spoken of his desire to stay at the club.
“It is exciting times here,” said Young. “And I want to be part of the success. As a footballer, you want to win trophies and be part of a successful team. And for me, Manchester United is that club.
“The most successful club in England and hopefully we can add to the trophies we won last season and hopefully win some more.
“I feel really good. Obviously getting the armband – it’s is a proud moment to captain Man United. It is an honour for me to get the armband. It shows the manager has got trust in me and I’ve got to repay him and I think I’ve been doing that in the games I’ve played.
“I’ve managed to get myself fit, got myself back in the team and hopefully I can stay there.”
Throughout a tricky period at United under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, when Young was on the wrong end of great criticism from United’s support, the Englishman was always adamant he wanted to stay.
He has shown loyalty to the club, and his passion for United is obvious, frequently travelling with the away support when he’s injured or suspended.
A few months ago, Young travelled down to Milton Keynes on a Friday night to watch United’s under-15s play. He was more than happy to stop for photos and have a chat with any other Reds in attendance.
United will be unlikely to discuss a new contract for Young until the turn of the year, but with Young desperate to stay ahead of a potentially exciting period in United’s history, and Jose Mourinho clearly trusting him, it’s not unlikely he’ll extend his stay.