Man United take up option to extend Young’s contract until June 2019

Ashley Young’s recent fine form has been rewarded as Manchester United have triggered an option to extend his £130,000-a-year contract by an extra year.

Young is now seen as Manchester United’s first choice left back with the 32-year-old often deployed ahead of Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian.

His contract at Old Trafford was due to expire next summer but United have assured him of at least another season at the club.

United have also extended Ander Herrera’s contract by a further year while they could take up similar options with Juan Mata, Blind and Shaw.

Young, who has made 10 appearances this season, moved to United from Aston Villa for £16million in June 2011.

He originally joined the club as a left-sided winger but Jose Mourinho has trusted the experienced Englishman to play in both full back slots.

Gareth Southgate has also noticed Young’s fine displays and handed the veteran his first England call-up in five years.

Young came off the subs’ bench against Brazil to make his 31st appearance for his country during the November international break.

Mourinho may decide to rest Young when his United side face Basle on Wednesday night.

United are pretty much assured of a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with the Red Devils needing just a point to guarantee their progression.

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