Cape Town - Manchester United utility man Ashley Young is hoping to earn
a new 12-month deal despite a lack of first-team minutes under Ole Gunnar
The veteran full-back is in the final year of his contract
and the suggestion is the Red Devils now want his £130,000-per-week deal off
the wage bill.
However, United insiders have stated a decision has not been
made and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be allowed the final say, with the
Norwegian still a fan of the 34-year-old.
Young arrived at the Theatre of Dreams in 2011 from Aston
Villa and is now one of the senior voices in the dressing room - a point not
lost on his manager.
United are increasingly moving towards a younger squad but
Young remains a decent option and has made it clear he still thinks he can do a
job when asked as the Red Devils target a top-four spot.
The Manchester giants have said goodbye to a lot of
experienced players in the last few seasons and Solskjaer does not want to be
rushed into a decision at this stage.
It is understood talks will take place towards the end of
January, with Young knowing he will have no shortage of takers if he becomes
available on a free transfer next summer.
There are whispers behind the scenes that Young may even be
willing to accept a pay cut to prolong his career at United into a tenth
season, as long as he can make some of it up through bonuses.
That is something the club’s money men have introduced
before when deciding whether to retain players heading into the twilight of
Young has made 253 appearances and scored 18 goals for
United, winning one Premier League title during his time, although he has not
had the best of luck with injuries during the last couple of campaigns.
- TeamTalk Media