Ashley Young has insisted that he is focused on his endeavours at Manchester United following speculation surrounding a potential move away over the summer.
The 32-year-old, having only made 12 Premier League appearances last season, was linked with moves to Stoke City and the Chinese Super League during the transfer window.
But no such move transpired and Young has been an ebullient force at full-back ever since recovering from injury in September, making six starts in total.
And Young, speaking ahead of Man United’s clash with Benfica in Lisbon, made it clear that he was focused on working hard under Mourinho.
“I have been playing games and that is what the focus is on – playing well and doing well for the team,” he said. “If any offers come then the club will come and speak to me.”
United needed something different out wide over the summer, hence the continued interest in Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, but perhaps the answer was sitting under their noses the whole time.
Young, after all, offers a dynamic that most opponents in the Premier League aren’t used to: lanky yet controlled, disciplined yet aggressive, quick yet intelligent with where he goes, and of course blessed with superb crossing ability.
At 32, he isn’t the final solution, but until that is found he will, you sense, be an important asset for the 54-year-old.