Manchester United veteran Ashley Young rejected the chance to move to China for big money in the winter, according to latest reports in the British media.
The Daily Mail reports:
Ashley Young eyes prolonging stay at Manchester United after turning down the chance of a move to China
The former England international, who will be 32 in July, gave an all-action display for Manchester United against Chelsea at the weekend and was comfortably one of the best performers on the pitch.
His energy levels haven’t diminished with age and he is now looking to extend his stay in England and with Manchester United having ostensibly become more central to Jose Mourinho’s thoughts in recent weeks.
Mourinho may just be using his fresher players as the season comes to a grueling crescendo. But Young has looked comfortable and dynamic in both full back positions of late and, whatever your thoughts on him as a footballer, it’s difficult to dispute his status as a valuable team player.
Young has played 161 times and scored 14 goals since his debut for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011.
While he may not have hit the high notes as the winger he was signed to be, Young has proven an excellent utility man in a deeper role and rarely let’s the team down.
He has been quoted as saying of his current status and future at Manchester United:
‘I am just concentrating on each game and when the manager calls on me I will give 100 per cent and look to play as well as I can,’
‘I am looking to play as many games as I can between now and the end of the season. That is what I am concentrating on now. That is the main focus for me and then we will see what happens.’
United fans: is he still of use to the squad or is it time to cut him loose and promote the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah?