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Young pens new Man United deal until 2018

Ashley Young has signed a new deal at Man Utd. Credit: PA

Manchester United winger Ashley Young has signed a new contract until 2018 with an option for a further year.

"To be able to continue to play football at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family," said Young.

Young has scored 13 goals in 115 appearances since joining United from Aston Villa in 2011, helping them lift the Premier League title in 2013.

He played in a number of positions last year, deployed at wing-back when Louis van Gaal used a 3-5-2 formation, and kept his place ahead of the now departed record signing Angel di Maria once a 4-3-3 formation was adopted.

Van Gaal said: "We are delighted that Ashley has signed a new contract. Ashley is a very multi-functional player. He took to the wing-back position with great confidence and flourished on the wing throughout last season. Ashley is always very professional and has a great presence in the dressing room. "

Ashley Young enjoying key role at Man United

Ashley Young is playing with a smile on his face once again, having gone from outsider to key man at Manchester United this term.

Ashley Young was crucial in United's win on Saturday. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old's days at Old Trafford looked numbered not so long ago, yet he has ingratiated himself with United fans with some standout displays.

Young has become a key figure under Louis van Gaal and produced another fine display on Saturday, playing a key role in both goals as Crystal Palace were overcome 2-1.

"I'm enjoying my football, playing regularly," the winger said. "I want to play well and give my input into the team - I feel like I'm doing that.

"The penalty came from my cross and Felli scored from my cross. I'm delighted with that but it's a team game.

"We've got great team spirit and another two cup finals to go."


Speeding trial for Man Utd footballer Ashley Young

Manchester United and England footballer Ashley Young is to stand trial today accused of a speeding offence.

anchester United's Ashley Young as the footballer is due to go on trial today accused of a speeding offence. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Young, 28, is alleged to have exceeded a 50mph limit on the M6 Toll in Warwickshire while driving a Range Rover on March 7 last year.

The former Aston Villa and Watford midfielder faces a further charge of failing to give information to the police about the identity of the driver of the vehicle.

Young, of Prestbury, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, will stand trial at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court this afternoon.