Manchester United look set for a huge summer, one that will not only see players arrive at Old Trafford but also several depart.
Indeed, Jose Mourinho inherited a huge squad from Louis van Gaal and will almost certainly want to trim the fat now that he’s had a full season to evaluate each individual – especially if the Red Devils manage to avoid another year in the Europa League.
One such player who could well get the chop is Ashley Young. His contract will have just a year remaining come the summer and the veteran wide-man has made just eight Premier League starts this season. Also due to turn 32 before the start of 2017/18, the timing feels right for the former England international to move on.
Nonetheless, Young has proved a useful member of Mourinho’s squad throughout the campaign, featuring in both defence and midfield, and showed that once again on Sunday in the Red Devils’ 1-1 draw with Swansea City.
Young began his career as a second striker before becoming an out-and-out winger, so the fact he produced the second-most tackles of any United player whilst switching from right-back to left-back following an injury to Luke Shaw is mightily impressive.
But he also proved a real threat going forward, producing the most chances and the most crosses and having the most touches of the ball of any Red Devils player in what was an incredibly impressive all-round display. Furthermore (not shown above), he wasn’t dispossessed once and didn’t suffer a single unsuccessful touch – although three fouls does highlight his occasional naivety as a defender.
Couple Young’s immense experience with his new-found versatility and impressive team ethic, and the veteran could prove to be a real coup for another Premier League club this summer. United fans, meanwhile, might even want Mourinho to hold onto the former Aston Villa man.