What Solskjaer said about departing Man Utd captain Ashley Young

Ashley Young is expected in Italy today to complete a medical ahead of his switch to Inter Milan.

As reported by Manchester Evening News, United and Inter have agreed a €1.5m fee for the 34-year-old, who will sign a two-and-a-half year contract for Antonio Conte’s side.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed in Friday’s press conference that Harry Maguire will replace Young as United’s next permanent captain.

Young will end his eight-and-a-half year spell at Old Trafford, where he has played 261 times.

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The full-back will join former United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at the San Siro, with Inter currently two points adrift of Juventus in the Serie A table.

Solskjaer was asked about Young’s impending exit in Friday’s presser.

“To be fair, for Ashley, he’s 35 in the summer and if he gets a two-year contract somewhere, I think it’s up to him to take that,” Solskjaer said, as quoted by MEN.

“We weren’t ready to offer that, he’s been a good servant for the club, he’s been captain, he’s won trophies, the league the cups.

“But we’ve got players coming through and when Ashley’s head and mindset was on, ‘I wanna try this’. So why not do it now?.”

Young’s departure leaves United with fewer options in the full-back positions, as the versatile Englishman was able to play on both sides.

Brandon Williams and Luke Shaw are now the left-back options with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot at right-back.

But Solskjaer indicated this will not be an area United are prioritising in this month’s transfer window with players returning from injury.

“Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] is coming back as well,” the United boss said.

He’s a right-back, he played for Holland as a right-back at the age of 19, so we also want him back.

“Diogo is back fit, so the full-back position is quite okay.”

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