Manchester United are set to hand Ashley Young a three-year contract as a result of the player's fine form, reports Goal.
Louis van Gaal has been impressed with the 29-year-old's form in the latter half of the season and sees him as an important part of his plans at Old Trafford. With his current contract expiring next summer, the Dutchman has told Manchester United officials to tie down his future for the long term.
Young turns 30 in July so this is likely to be his last big contract before retirement but appears settled at Old Trafford. His upturn in form has coincided with an excellent run of results for the Red Devils and was the man of the match against Manchester City on Sunday.
Man of the match
The England international scored one and set up a further two on the way to a 4-2 victory over their local rivals, giving them a four-point cushion in third place. A top four place looks as good as sealed as does Young's future at the club.
At £120,000-a-week, Young is aware that he may have to take a slight pay cut to stay at Manchester United. However, his new deal is likely to have a number of bonus clauses that could see him earn the same amount.
He will still earn markedly less than Angel di Maria, whose place has been usurped by Young in recent weeks. Di Maria is rumoured to be on as much as £280,000-a-week.
It is a huge turnaround for Young, who looked set to leave Old Trafford after falling out of favour under David Moyes. Sir Alex Ferguson's successor could not bring out the best in the winger and may well have sold him had he not been sacked.
But he thrived as a wing-back in Van Gaal's 3-5-2 formation and has showed dedication after performing as a stand-in left-back. Now he has moved into a more advanced role and has arguably been one of United's most creative players.
Along with Marouane Fellaini, who was also seemingly out in the cold until Van Gaal came along, Young could now form part of a title challenging squad next season.
There are likely to be very few problems in negotiations between the player and the club, which will allow officials to start negotiations with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and James Wilson.
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