Jose Mourinho has confirmed Ashley Young is staying at Manchester United and will feature in Wednesday evening’s Premier League match against Hull City at Old Trafford.
While he has always wanted Young to stay, Mourinho admitted on Sunday night that the versatile and experienced Red was the only player who could leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, due to his lack of first-team opportunities this season.
During a press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Tuesday, the boss was happy to inform reporters that Young will continue to provide an invaluable option in the squad. “Young is definitely staying,” Jose said. “He is selected for tomorrow. He stays with me until the end of the season.”
Mourinho then admitted United would not be active during the remainder of deadline day with the January window set to close at 23:00 GMT, having already sold two players this month.
“We don’t have players coming in or going out,” the boss confirmed. “We lost two players from the squad. You can say Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin didn’t play a lot but the reality is they played some matches. When they played, other people didn’t and rested.
“When Schneiderlin played against Feyenoord, Northampton, Fenerbahce, in these days it meant Pogba or Carrick or Herrera didn’t play, so you lose players sometimes. It looks like it is not important as those players were not first-choice but in the end they were important. If somebody is going to have a very difficult season with fixtures, I hope that’s us and we’re in the cup competitions.
“We have the Manchester City match postponed because of the EFL Cup final and we have the Blackburn match in the FA Cup. If we win then another match will be postponed. We are in the Europa competition with more matches, so our situation is really difficult. We lost two players and we cannot lose more.”