Manchester United misfit Young ‘asks to go on loan’

Date published: Tuesday 24th January 2017 9:06

Manchester United outcast Ashley Young reportedly wants to leave the club on loan in January.

Young, 31, has made only four Premier League appearances all season and just two starts and has become increasingly frustrated with his lack of match action.

The former Aston Villa man is so far down the Manchester United pecking order that he has only made one top-flight match-day squad in the last six.

He started against Reading in the FA Cup earlier this month but is – according to the Daily Mail – “desperate to play more games”.

United boss Jose Mourinho has previously said that only Sam Johnstone would leave United on loan this month, but is believed to be considering Young’s request.

Everton, West Ham, West Brom, Watford, Crystal Palace and Swansea have all been linked with Young, while China is also a potential destination for the player.

Young left Watford for Villa almost 10 years ago and, including their sell-on cut when he moved to Old Trafford in 2011, Watford banked nearly £13million for him – making the player their record transfer fee received.

Last month the Daily Mirror claimed a return to the Hornets could be on the cards. They claimed boss Walter Mazzarri is looking to add more width to his squad, with Mourinho admitting he would “analyse” the situation if any of his players expressed a wish to leave.

Young’s contract with United expires in June 2018, but there is a one-year extension option, though it seems unlikely the club will trigger it and a departure in January looks far more likely.

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