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Ashley Young offered contract extension

Manchester United have opened talks with Ashley Young about rewarding him with a one-year contract extension.

The 33-year old is one of the longest-serving players at Old Trafford since joining the team in 2011, and has recently been filling in as right-back and captain in the continued absence through injury of Antonio Valencia.  He is out of contract next June, but now it looks like his stay in Manchester could be set for an extension of at least another 12 months.

Young has made 212 appearances for United, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League with them, as well as garnering 39 caps for England, and featuring as the starting left-back for the national side in Russia this summer.

The news does not appear to have been greeted with universal acclamation by the club’s fans, however, as The Sun reports, with a number taking to social media to claim that United were rewarding mediocrity, whilst another commented “Pep came in and got rid of the deadwood straight away – we’re catering for has-beens”.

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