Manchester United named Ashley Young as their captain for the game against Chelsea at the weekend, with the former Watford man more than taking his chance. Jose Mourinho put huge trust in the winger, and he duly delivered.
On the defensive side of the ball, Young was reliable and didn’t put a foot wrong. Going forward his passing was pretty good and he did look pretty menacing – aside from a couple of wayward shots.
That hasn’t stopped questions about his future, however, if a recent interview is anything to go by. Young has been asked about whether he sees himself as a Red Devil for the long-term, and it’s definitely fair to say things are up in the air at this moment in time.
“There was of course, and there is always, speculation and especially when there is a transfer window and you are not playing.” Ashley Young is quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.
“But I have always said that I want to play as much as possible. What the future holds I am not too sure. 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.”
“I have fire and hunger in my belly. I want to succeed. I work hard. When you have such competition in a fantastic squad it pushes you on every day.”
“If you watched training there are no challenges that are not like in a game. Everybody wants to pull on the shirt and I am no different.”
One thing that I will say is that Youngy always gives absolutely everything for the cause. That’s why Mourinho likes him so much, and although he wasn’t playing all that frequently at the start of the campaign, the 31-year-old has worked his way into proceedings.
The former Villa man has one-year left on his contract after this season, so I personally am fairly certain he will be here for the 2017/18 campaign. As for beyond that, it’s probably too soon to tell.
As a squad player, he’s definitely worth keeping around. He’s so versatile and can play in a variety of positions doing different jobs so I wouldn’t be adverse to giving him a new contract; so long as he’s alright with being part of a rotational setup.