Manchester United round-up: Ashley Young in talks over new contract

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young is in talks over a new contract at Old Trafford, according to ESPN.

The 29-year-old has just over 12 months remaining on his existing £115,000-a-week deal, but is set to be rewarded for his impressive contribution under the new stewardship of Louis van Gaal.

The Red Devils boss sees Young as an integral part of his first-team plans moving forward, having been impressed with the former England international's versatility over the course of the season.

Young has operated in an unfamiliar wing-back position for much of the campaign, but currently finds himself out of the team after suffering a hamstring injury against Stoke City on New Year's Day.

However, he's enjoying his recent run in the side after being marginalised under the former stewardship of David Moyes last season, and will be looking forward to getting back in the fold to add to the 13 Premier League appearances he's made so far in 2014/15.

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Van Gaal shares summer transfer plans

Van Gaal has also admitted that signing a commanding central midfielder remains one of his top summer transfer priorities - a claim that will be music to the ears of Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, who continues to be played out of position by the Dutch coach.

The Red Devils have been on the lookout for reinforcements in that area of the pitch for the past 12 months, but despite being linked with a host of high-profile names, nothing has come to fruition.

Bale IN, Falcao OUT

And finally, Daily Mail sport columnist Martin Samuel has suggested that Manchester United have ditched plans to sign Colombian striker Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal and will instead turn their attention to luring Real Madrid star Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.

Van Gaal will use some of the new £5 billion TV deal to try and tempt the Welsh winger to Old Trafford with an even more lucrative salary than he currently earns at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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