Manchester United reward Ashley Young with contract extension: report

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United have reportedly extended Ashley Young‘s contract, rewarding him for his fine form this season.

Young, who earned a recall to the senior England squad during the recent international break, has excelled in the left-back position.

The veteran has mirrored another winger-turned-full-back in club teammate Antonio Valencia who also successfully transitioned into a new position.

While last season Ashley got opportunities to adapt to his new role, it only appears as though he recently got a handle on things.

His form has been so good that it’s kept ‘best full-back of his generation’ Luke Shaw out of the club’s starting XI.

According to the Sun, Jose Mourinho has seen enough from the determined former winger to trigger a contract clause, extending the expiration to 2019.

With United struggling with the left full-back position lately, it would seem logical to keep a hold of the one player doing a good enough job there.

Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw have all shared that position previously with no one truly carrying out the role the way Jose likes.

With Rojo seen more as a centre-back and Darmian proving that he offers nothing going forward, the left full-back position was there for the taking.

Daley Blind‘s lack of pace seems to worry Mourinho and Shaw has had his fair share of attitude criticisms to this day.

Holding on to Young may be the wiser thing to do, even if it is just to keep him until the summer when the manager can actually find a proper long term solution for the position.

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