Ashley Young set to agree Manchester United contract extension

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Ashley Young is set to agree a three-year contract extension with Manchester United, according to The Mirror.

The winger's career at Old Trafford looked dead in the water this time last year, but he has found new life under Louis van Gaal.

He originally flourished in the wing-back role in a 3-5-2 formation before later taking position on the left wing when Van Gaal's ambitious project was abandoned.

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Manchester United officials have been negotiating with Young's people for several months now and there is some doubt as to whether his new deal will be worth as much as his current one.

The 29-year-old earns £120,000-a-week under the terms of his current contract, but it has previously been reported that he was willing to take a pay cut to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

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Pay cut

However, his fine form, which saw him voted the club's player of the month for May, could well have convinced Ed Woodward to keep him on the same wage.

There is no mention of a pay cut in The Mirror's report, suggesting just that has indeed happened.

It may seem like a lot of money but it is not even half as much as other Manchester United stars who have failed to impress this season.

Angel di Maria is rumoured to be on £265,000-a-week while Robin van Persie earns £250,000-a-week. Young has proved more valuable than both of them this season.


Young is expected to sign the deal this month, confirming a dramatic transformations in his fortunes. He was one of the first expected to be shoved out of the door when Van Gaal arrived.

Having signed in 2011, a series of poor performances and diving incidents invited criticism from his own fans and also saw him dropped from the international scene.

Not only his new deal seal his future for the remaining of his peak years, but Young is also expected to be welcomed back into the England squad by Roy Hodgson.

Only injury kept him from being called up for the games against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, but he is expected to get another chance to impress for the Three Lions ahead of next summer's European Championships.


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