Manchester United will announce that Ashley Young has signed a three-year contract extension with the Red Devils later this week.
This is according to The Sun, who understand the 29-year-old has reached an agreement over a new deal which will see him stay on £120,000-a-week but with improved bonuses for trophies won and matches played.
Young transformed his reputation as a Manchester United player last season; written off at the start of it, the England international flourished under Louis van Gaal and was arguably the team’s most consistent outfield performer over the course of the 2015-16 campaign.
The former Aston Villa star, who completed his £20 million move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2011, reinvented himself as a left wing-back.
The winger, who turns 30 next week, also provided two goals and five assists in the Premier League last term.
Ashley Young's transformation
United captain Wayne Rooney voted Young as his Player of the Year last season - ahead of goalkeeper David de Gea - and his efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the Red Devils’ supporters, either.
That Young would enjoy an excellent season before signing a new three-year deal worth a cool £120,000-a-week would have been an inconceivable outcome to the majority of United fans this time last year.
The winger was expected to be one of the first players to leave Old Trafford following the arrival of Van Gaal.
But Young left a positive impression on the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States last summer and continued from where he left off when the 2014-15 Premier League campaign got underway.
Young faces a big challenge next season
Young will become the second Manchester United first-team player to sign a contract extension this week, following Phil Jones on Monday, but faces a difficult task to retain his place in the team’s starting line-up next season.
Angel di Maria has impressed for Argentina at the Copa America in Chile this summer and Van Gaal may opt to use his £59.7 million record signing out on the left wing this summer, instead of in central midfield, where France international Morgan Schneiderlin is set to play next season providing he completes his move from Southampton.
The arrival of Dutch winger Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven means there will be more competition for places on the wings, while from a defensive perspective Luke Shaw is expected to nail down the left-back position following an injury-ravished debut campaign at Old Trafford.
However, with Manchester United on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League group stages, there’s little doubt the versatile and willing Young will be handed plenty of opportunities by Van Gaal regardless of how many more players arrive between now and September 1.
Manchester United fans: are you pleased that Ashley Young is signing a new contract? Will he be a starter next season? Have your say in the comments below!
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