Manchester United have announced a one-year contract extension for Ashley Young.
Ashley Young has signed a one-year extension to his contract with #MUFC.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) 11 February 2019
The 33-year-old has been a fine to servant to the Red Devils in his eight years at Old Trafford so far. Having arrived as a pacy winger, he has adapted into a versatile full-back in recent seasons, maintaining a regular starting berth under Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Young has made over 200 appearances for the club since his arrival, and this contract comes as a reward for his consistency in that time. However, there ought to be some concern over how important the 39-cap England international is. By now, United should have found a long-term replacement for Young, who is still operating as an auxiliary full-back.
Some may consider this contract extension to be a sign that the Red Devils still haven’t found a way to adequately prepare for life without experienced player.
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This new deal has certainly divided opinion amongst United fans. Whilst some believe the wide man to be deserving of the extension, others feel the club should move on. Check out some of the reaction to the announcement below…
— Josh (@ManUnitedMedia) 11 February 2019
Deadwood FC lives on!!
— Ryan (@Utd_Ryan_) 11 February 2019
Been a good player for us, done a job at RB/LB RW/LW and gave 100% every time
— Kyle White (@KylewhiteNew) 11 February 2019
This is the only thing I don’t agree with Ole, stop giving new deals to average players.
— AM11 (@ManUnitedDNA) 11 February 2019
In all fairness, young has been doinf pretty good so far. He is not the future but very good to be a backup. Rather than spending another 30m, good to extend and keep him for a year. Very sensible move
— Shahul_RED-DEVIL (@HameedScope) 11 February 2019
No wonder why players are happy with Ole in charge #mufc … Contracts here and there !
— Nataly Antar (@nataly_antar7) 11 February 2019
If he is signed as a back up then im happy about this. But he cannot be a starter next season. We need to sign a proper RB. He has been amazing but he is not a RB which shows at times in his defending.
— Dhruv Bhardwaj (@dhruv2908) 11 February 2019
BRILLIANT NEWSS!!, I guess Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian are next with spanking new 5yr deals too. Way to go Ed!!!!!
— Talib_Talib (@pamsin88) 11 February 2019