Ashley Young is officially an Inter Milan player.
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The 34-year-old former Manchester United captain completed what is believed to be a $1.6-million transfer to the Serie A side on Friday, bringing to an end his eight-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford. Young’s contract with Inter is for an initial six months with an option to extend the deal for the 2020-21 season.
According to various reports, Man United will receive an additional payment from Inter should they dethrone Juventus and win the Serie A title this season.
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Following Young’s departure, Harry Maguire has been named the Red Devils’ new captain. The 26-year-old England international joined United in the summer and has quickly established himself as the first name on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s team sheet.
When you have it, you have it.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen enough from Harry Maguire in the last six months to name him the next captain of Manchester United.
Maguire, 26, will replace Ashley Young, who the United site claims is “on the verge” of a move to Inter Milan.
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Young had been the captain since 2019, replacing Antonio Valencia. Other United captains in recent history include Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, and Nemanja Vidic.
Here’s Solskjaer, from ManUtd.com:
“He’s come in and been a leader in the group. I’ve been, not surprised, but I’ve been impressed by his leadership skills, so Harry will keep on wearing the armband. He’s come in and everything about him tells me he is a leader. He’s part of a group that we’ve had, that have been leading this young group.
Maguire signed for United this summer in a club-record deal for a defender. He’s played 90 minutes in all 22 of the Red Devils’ Premier League matches this season, captaining the team seven times.
Solskjaer explained Young’s departure, saying the 35-year-old defender is being offered a two-year deal by Inter. United “weren’t ready” to offer two years.
Ashley Young‘s nine-year stay at Manchester United appears to be coming to an end.
Club captain Young, 34, is out of contract this summer and is free to talk to non-UK teams during the January transfer window.
Antonio Conte‘s Inter Milan want to sign the versatile and experienced wide player and are said to be offering him an 18-month contract. Conte is said to have tried to sign Young while he was in charge of Chelsea in 2017 and wants his experience in the dressing room as Inter push Juventus all the way in the Serie A title race this season.
Our partners at Sky in Italy say that Young has turned down a one-year contract offer from Man United and intends to join Inter Milan on a free transfer this summer.
Young wants to move in January but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to not want to lose anybody from his injury-hit squad. If the move did go through, Young would join former United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez who joined Inter on permanent and loan deals respectively in the summer.
Man United’s fans often lambast Young but in recent seasons he has become a solid and reliable figure, especially in a more defensive role at full back. He is solid and steady and he has often worn the captains armband and is an influential figure in the dressing room.
Young has won the Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League during his time at United and has made 261 appearances in all competitions.
With the emergence of plenty of young talents at United this season, his time at Old Trafford would likely come to an end in the summer anyway so it would make sense for Young to push for a January exit if some kind of deal could be struck between United and Inter.
Perhaps a loan deal until the summer, thus effectively ending his time at the club?
Manchester United is in fine feather and showing it, smashing AZ Alkmaar in a stylish 4-0 win at Old Trafford in Europa League play on Thursday.
Juan Mata had a goal and set up two others, while Mason Greenwood scored twice after Ashley Young opened the scoring in a group-claiming victory.
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United wins the group with 13 points, conceding just twice in six matches.
The Red Devils have won three-straight matches, as AZ joins Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the loss column. Up next is a Sunday visit from Everton in the Premier League before Wednesday’s League Cup quarterfinal visit from Colchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed starts to James Garner, Brandon Williams, and Axel Tuanzebe, bringing youngsters Ethan Laird and Tahith Chong off the bench.
Greenwood, 18, now has six goals in 22 senior appearances, while Mata, 31, gets on the score sheet for the first time this season.
For his career, the award-winning Spaniard is doing okay, though: 125 goals and 149 assists in 542 senior appearances.
Manchester United outclassed Partizan Belgrade in a 3-0 win on Thursday, cementing its status in the knockout rounds of the Europa League.
Mason Greenwood had a goal and an assist, while Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also scored at Old Trafford.
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United beat Partizan 1-0 in Belgrade, and sits six points clear of them. AZ Alkmaar also won today and has eight points to the Red Devils’ 10.
Three things we learned
1. Red Devils follow plan to a 3: This fixture was always supposed to be straightforward, and United was able to put it on cruise control with goals from Greenwood and Martial before halftime. Rashford blasted an Ashley Young feed home four minutes into the second half to cast out any thoughts of a Partizan comeback. As a bonus, the domination — Shots were 14-2 — allowed 18-year-old James Garner to get a half hour run.
2. Teenage dream: Greenwood turned 18 just five weeks ago, but he finishes like a season veteran. Look how coolly he slots home near post while giving the far post eyes. He’s yet to score in 11 Premier League appearances, but those goals are coming, aren’t they? Now if only the Red Devils supporters and the media can avoid demanding he score 30 a season before he’s ready (looks at Marcus Rashford).
3. In-form Rashford finding his groove: United’s 22-year-old striker got on the score sheet for the fourth time in five matches. He was blanked against Bournemouth at the weekend but now has five goals and an assist in his last quintet of matches. The expectations placed on him so early in his career were stupid, but they’ve created a pretty hardened man. Now if only he can figure out that whole penalty thing.
Man of the Match: Rashford.