Mourinho admits Young could leave, wants him to stay

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that Ashley Young could leave before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, as reported by The Mirror.

What’s the word?

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed their could still be some transfer activity at Old Trafford in the next few days, as he stated after the FA Cup victory over Wigan Athletic on Sunday afternoon that Ashley Young could leave.

The 31-year-old has struggled to earn regular opportunities at United this season and has attracted a wealth of competition from rival Premier League sides. However, Mourinho himself would prefer to keep the veteran winger in his squad.

What was said?

Speaking after the game, Mourinho said:

“The only player that I am aware of a possibility to leave, and I am waiting just for the 31st of January to know really what is going on, is Ashley Young. [He’s] a player that I would love to keep, I will not be happy at all if he leaves but he’s the only player that I was informed there would be a possibility of him leaving.”

Where could he go?

According to The Mirror,  Everton, Swansea City, West Brom and Watford are all interested in signing the veteran and talks are likely to go ahead in the next few days. Of those clubs, Watford could use the fact that he started his career there to secure a return.

However, the fact that Mourinho would prefer to keep Young at the club may make it difficult for interested parties to secure a deal. With the window entering it’s final two days, interest could come too late.