Dilemma for Young with long-term Manchester United future in the balance

Manchester United do not want Ashley Young to leave the club before the end of the transfer window next week, according to the Manchester Evening.

What’s the story?

Earlier this week the Daily Mail reported that the former England international had asked manager Jose Mourinho if he could leave the club on loan.

The winger has struggled for game time at Old Trafford this season, making just nine appearances in all competitions.

Only two of his outings have been Premier League starts, which reportedly prompted him to consider moving elsewhere for more first-team minutes.

However, the Manchester Evening News states that Mourinho wants Young in his squad following the departure of Memphis Depay, who recently joined Lyon for £16m.

Young is the only specialist left winger in Mourinho’s squad and he is not prepared to lose him midway through the season.

Will staying now boost his long-term chances?

In all honesty it is difficult to see the 31-year-old become a regular starter while Mourinho is at the helm.

Having said that, Antonio Valencia has been able to revive his career under the Portuguese coach.

In Young’s case, he may feel that he has been denied an opportunity for first-team football, with Everton, Swansea City, West Bromwich Albion and Watford all thought to be interested in signing him.

A lucrative switch to the Chinese Super League was also touted as an option, but it looks as though Young will remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season.

The winger is likely to revisit the idea of leaving in the summer if he fails to get more minutes under his belt in the next few months.