Manchester United winger Ashley Young is set to end rumours suggesting he is poised to move to Tottenham Hotspur, by signing a new deal at Old Trafford, and is seen as key by Louis van Gaal.
As relayed by The Independent, contradicting reports released yesterday, the 30-year-old has been offered new terms by United, and will sign an extension soon to solidify his future at the club.
No Spurs deal
That will spell bad news for Spurs, who rumour has it are keen on purchasing a wide-man ahead of the new campaign. Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie is the man they covet most, but Young is seen as an ideal alternative.
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Nevertheless it appears that his surprisingly consistent form under Van Gaal last season will see him rewarded in suitable fashion. The England international had been expected to be on the fringes of the squad as the likes of Angel Di Maria and Adnan Januzaj seized the initiative.
A key component?
However, Young featured 26 times for United in the Premier League during the 2014/15 campaign, the most he has played in any one season since signing for the club back in 2011. Van Gaal’s first term in charge marked arguably the former Villa man’s best year, and the Dutchman is keen to keep him.
Indeed getting to the crux of the matter, the report from The Independent claims that the 63-year-old sees Young as a vital component moving forward, despite the fact he has added Memphis Depay to his fold.
Though the general consensus is that he would be better served acting in a reserve capacity, it seems as though Young could yet get a chance at holding down a starting XI berth, irrespective of the strong options Van Gaal has moving forward.
If he is to play regularly though he’ll have to be on form, as he doesn’t have a stellar reputation to fall back on if he isn’t at the races.
As Van Gaal bids to win the Premier League his selection process will be more cutthroat than ever, and United simply can’t afford to carry any passengers.
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