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Manchester United hand contract extension to Ashley Young

Sky Sports reports that Manchester United have chosen to trigger a clause in Ashley Young’s contract, extending his deal by a further year.

Young’s contract at Old Trafford was due to expire in the summer, but the club have now confirmed they have activated a clause to prolong his stay for another 12 months.

The converted left-back is enjoying a late career renaissance, having become first choice for United, and regaining his place in the England side. Although he did not start the match against Brighton in the FA Cup on the weekend, he was introduced at half-time after Luke Shaw was hauled off by his angry manager, and it was his free-kick that Nemanja Matic headed home to seal the victory.

The former winger had spent four years in the international wilderness before being called-up by Gareth Southgate last November, and his inclusion in England’s squad for the international friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy suggests he has a good chance of being on the plane to Russia and the World Cup in June.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.