Ashley Young will ensure he will be part of Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans before penning a new contract at Manchester United, sources have said.
Young, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the campaign, has been offered a new one-year deal with the option of another season to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
The 33-year-old was Mourinho’s first choice left-back last season but after losing that spot to the resurgent Luke Shaw, has become United’s regular right-back, starting nine of the last 10 games including heavyweight clashes with Juventus and Manchester City last week.
Last season’s right-back Antonio Valencia is fit again after injury but has been kept out of the team by Young’s form. Young is keen to stay at United but will prioritise regular first-team football in making his decision.
Sources have told ESPN FC there is interest in the winger-turned-defender from teams in the Premier League and Major League Soccer in the United States. The England international, who featured for Gareth Southgate’s side at the World Cup in Russia, has not ruled out playing abroad before ending his playing career.
United have already tied down Shaw with a new long-term contract while negotiations are ongoing with Ander Herrera, David De Gea and Anthony Martial. Herrera will be a free agent at the end of the season if fresh terms are not agreed but sources have told ESPN FC talks are progressing.
United will trigger an option in De Gea’s deal to keep him at the club until at least 2020 but negotiations over a longer agreement are proving difficult, with little progress made over the last month.