Paul Merson claims Ashley Young has carried Manchester United this season

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Former Arsenal midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has bizarrely claimed that Ashley Young has "nigh on carried" Manchester United this season.

Merson is bemused why Young was not named in Roy Hodgson's latest England squad, despite his impressive recent form, but may have gone a little overboard with his assessment of the 29-year-old's importance this season.

Young has adapted to his new left-back role with consummate ease under Louis van Gaal, but has only registered one goal and one assist in the Premier League this term.

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"I also don’t understand how Ashley Young is not in the squad," Merson wrote in his latest Sky Sports column. "He has nigh on carried United this season, he has been outstanding.

"He went through a bad time and he was struggling, but he isn’t now. So surely he gets a chance?"

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While many United fans will agree with Merson when he says Young deserved a call-up to the England squad for the forthcoming matches against Lithuania and Italy, few would suggestion the former Aston Villa ace has "carried" Van Gaal's side.

United fans: do you agree with Paul Merson? Has Ashley Young carried the team this season? Have your say in the comments below!

Odds slashed on Gareth Bale joining Manchester United

It's been reported that the odds of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale - the most expensive player in football history - joining Manchester United have been slashed following a flurry of bets.

This is according to the Mirror, who claim Bale is now just 6/4 to complete a sensational summer move to Old Trafford with leading betting exchange Betfair.

Bale has been under intense pressure and scrutiny in recent weeks, leading to speculation that the Wales international could leave the Bernabeu after just two seasons in Spain.

United fans: Is Gareth Bale the player you need most this summer? Tell us by leaving a comment in the box below!

United eye move for Asmir Begovic

And finally, Louis van Gaal will reportedly make a move for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic if David de Gea leaves Old Trafford for Real Madrid this summer.

The Sun claim United fear De Gea already has his heart set on replacing Iker Casillas at the Bernabeu, so Van Gaal is taking precautionary measures in case the deal happens.

De Gea's current United contract expires in the summer of 2016, and the chances of the goalkeeper signing a new deal with the Premier League giants appear to be dwindling with each passing week.

Would Asmir Begovic be a good enough replacement for David de Gea? Have your say in the comments below!

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