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Man Utd aim to tie 33-year-old down to new contract before the new year

According to James Nursey of The Mirror, Manchester United are in talks with Ashley Young to tie down the England international before the end of the new year.

The new deal is said to be worth £6 million for the 33-year-old, who remains a key part of Jose Mourinho’s team, but as reported the club are aiming for negotiations to be completed prior to 2019.

Mourinho trusts Young enough to give him the captain’s armband in Antonio Valencia’s absence, so it looks like Young as took Paul Pogba’s role as vice-captain.

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Young is out of contract next season and from January onwards he can speak to foreign clubs about leaving months later on a Bosman.

The Mirror also claims that Serie A outfit Roma are tracking Young.

While we wouldn’t lose sleep if Young refused to agree on fresh terms, it wouldn’t be the worst idea to give him a one-year extension as long as he’s used as a squad player next season.

Diogo Dalot should be getting more game time to prepare himself to replace Young and Valencia at right-back, with both veterans on the wrong side of their 30s.

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