Ashley Young has signed an extended new contract at Manchester United, as reported by the club’s official website.
The versatile former Aston Villa man has penned a deal to stay at Old Trafford for one extra year, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said of the deal:
Since I’ve come into the club, Ashley has been fantastic. His attitude and his experience around the place is vital for us because we have got a young team.
There is no doubt that Young has been one of United’s most consistent performers once again this season, filling in at both left and right back under both Solskjaer and his predecessor Jose Mourinho.
His consistency and professionalism are vital assets in a side that has really got itself motoring under Solskjaer and Young will be vital if United are to get a win against Paris Saint-Germain tomorrow night.
But Young’s long-term successor appears to already be at Old Trafford, in the shape of promising young defender Diogo Dalot, who was impressive once again as United romped to a 3-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
And while it is understandable that Solskjaer has kept Dalot protected by primarily using Young during his short reign, the Portuguese starlet must be given greater opportunity next season despite this latest contract extension.
That looks likely given that Solskjaer has given youth its chance during his time in charge and Dalot should expect plenty of faith from his manager over the coming months.
Whoever the boss is next season, he should do the same.