Ashley Young’s time at Manchester United at could be coming to an end as a result of the England international not being used much by manager Jose Mourinho.
Young had not been a first-team regular since he arrived at the club as a £ 18 million signing from Aston Villa in 2011. Even though he has been part of several trophies since then, Young has never been a first-team regular at the club even during the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. Hence, it was not surprising that he had been utilised in a number of roles – at least to give him some gaming time.
Young has made only five appearances in the league with most of them coming as a substitute. At 31 years of age, he is aware that his playing days are so coming to an end. Keen to make the most out of his remaining time, Young was reportedly considering the possibility of a loan move in January. A number of Premier league clubs have shown interest in the player including his former club Watford.
However, it seemed that the player had made the choice to move to China on a permanent basis considering that Chinese clubs were ready to offer him a three or even a four-year contract worth around £5 million per season.
Jose Mourinho, though, has decided to retain the player due to the upcoming fixture congestion, as a result of the club being involved in four different trophies. Only a few days ago, Mourinho revealed that Young could leave the club. “Ashley is a player I would love to keep. I am not happy he is leaving,” said Mourinho. “Yes, he is staying. He is going on to the Europa League list because, with the sale of Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin, there are spaces open,” said Mourinho about Schweinsteiger.