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Ashley Young to sign three year contract at Manchester United

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Manchester United will hand Ashley Young a three-year contract at Old Trafford in the summer according to the Daily Mail.

The England winger has enjoyed a successful season in an unfamiliar position at wing-back under boss Louis van Gaal, and has managed to displace record signing Angel di Maria in recent weeks.

Future

There had been some doubts over his future at Manchester United before the start of the current campaign, but according to the Daily Mail, Van Gaal is keen to tie him down for the foreseeable future because of the winger's resurgence.

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The paper claims that Young currently pockets around £120,000-per-week and the new contract will see him earn roughly the same amount. The former Aston Villa ace turns 30 in July and is keen to end his career at Manchester United, while he is also looking to win his place back in the England squad too.

Return

He hasn't played for Roy Hodgson's team since 2013 and Young is eyeing a spot for the Three Lions' friendly against Ireland and Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia this summer.

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Manchester United look like limping over the line in the race to secure a top four finish and Champions League qualification after another defeat against West Brom over the weekend. Jonas Olsson's 63rd minute strike means the Red Devils have lost their last three games, and that has left them just four points ahead of rivals Liverpool in fifth place.

Van Gaal's team will have another chance to move clear of Liverpool when they take on Crystal Palace this weekend while Brendan Rodgers' team go up against newly-crowned champions Chelsea. 

Despite their recent stumble, Young remains confident that Manchester United will bag a spot in the Champions League this season after missing out under David Moyes last time round.

No doubt

"As players and staff, there's no doubt we can qualify for the Champions League and that was always what we wanted to do," he told MUTV.

"It's still in our hands and we have three massive games coming up. We have another tough game away to Palace next weekend and we want to get back to winning ways."

Opinion

Ashley Young has enjoyed a successful season and he deserves all the praise as well as the money coming his way after becoming something of a laughing stock last season.

He's been one of the success stories of the season at Old Trafford under Van Gaal in the Dutchman's first season in charge - and he'll be desperate to keep it up next season with Euro 2016 looming on the horizon.

Is Young good enough to keep Di Maria out of the team for good?

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