Manchester United Trigger One-year Extension For Ashley Young

Ross Houston
March 20, 2018

The defensive midfielder is a shoo-in for the starting line-up given Mourinho's trust in him, going as far as to call him "an island of personality, of desire and control" after the quarter-final win against Brighton. The Red Devils now sit in second in the Premier League, which if it can be maintained, would be their highest finish since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

Speaking about his dissatisfaction with both Shaw and Antonio Valencia's displays, Jose Mourinho said: "To try to improve our offensive football and be more aggressive I had to change one of them and I decided Luke, because at least Antonio defensively was capable of good positioning".

"And I decide Luke because at least Antonio defensively was capable of some good positionings like in one of their more unsafe movements in the second-half where Locadia made a diagonal run inside behind Eric Bailly, and Antonio is still capable like this".

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GETTY Liam Brady representing Arsenal in the 1979 Charity Shield

While Mourinho has failed to mastermind a Premier League or Champions League challenge, he has arguably overperformed with the group of players at his disposal.

Mourinho, whose only hope of a trophy this season is the FA Cup, warmed to his theme.

Wright said Mourinho should be doing "more" to get the best out of Shaw, who suffered a double fracture of his right leg in September 2015.


"We were always in the game, certainly as regards shots and shots on target, I thought we were always a threat but we needed to work their keeper a little bit more, maybe that little bit more quality in the final third", he said.

Smalling has been part of two Manchester United title-winning squads but has struggled to realise his talent at Old Trafford.

Tottenham, Leicester City and Southampton are all considering making a move for the 22-year-old in the summer, the Daily Star says, while some players at United believe Mourinho has "bullied" Shaw, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Earlier, Spurs proved they can thrive without Kane as Eriksen's double either side of Erik Lamela's second goal of the season sent them into the last four. Yes, I totally agree that against the best teams, we may not be easy on the eye for the fans but we aren't Barcelona.

"There are always choice words for a manager to single out players, it has happened since football began".

"Every player can play bad but when you see, "Please Mr, take me from the pitch".

The Spanish goalkeeper is undoubtedly United's top player and they will want to keep him for the long-term despite interest from Real Madrid. "He is like this and the players need to be ready for that".

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