Manchester United must do better than Ashley Young despite his extension

Ashley Young may be one of Manchester United’s most experienced players, but he was woeful against Barcelona on Tuesday.

In truth, the 33-year-old has been poor for months; a walking red card whose impact from right-back is decreasing by the week.

So it would be no surprise if United look to move on this summer, despite the veteran’s one-year extension.

Young signed a new deal in February, but he cannot be United’s first-choice right-back next season. Diogo Dalot is the future and Antonio Valencia is heading for the exit.

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That leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the task of signing an experienced alternative to the impressive Portuguese.

Young has had a few renaissances at Old Trafford. But his best days are well behind him now. 

He looked exasperated on occasions at the Nou Camp, but he was the main culprit.

Dalot is a brilliant long-term option but the 20-year-old cannot do it all on his own. An experienced but quality alternative like Thomas Meunier would be a fine addition.

Young’s new deal means he will be at United next season. But his use should be limited or Solskjaer will suffer more struggles against Europe’s best.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.