Why Tottenham are unlikely to be successful if they bid for Ashley Young

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The Manchester United winger is currently too important to the club to be sold to Tottenham Hotspur despite recent rumours.

According to a report from the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Manchester United winger Ashley Young, but considering the player’s renaissance under manager Louis van Gaal, that may be a deal even Spurs chairman Daniel Levy cannot pull off.

The rumours appear to have begun for two reasons: Tottenham need a new winger and Young is in the final year of his contract.

The problem is the 30-year-old has become a key member of United’s side since van Gaal took charge and last season he was often played ahead of club-record signing Angel Di Maria once the Dutchman settled on a system that worked.

Young has not always shone at Old Trafford, but he appears to have seized his opportunity under his new manager and he has not looked back.

Young does what is asked of him; he works hard both in defence and in attack and he has clearly bought into the ethos van Gaal wants to instil at United.

He may be a cheaper option for Tottenham considering his contract situation but given his ongoing importance – he has been a regular starter (and one of their best performers) on United’s pre-season tour – it would be a big surprise if a new contract offer was not made sooner rather than later.

He still has plenty of time at the top, which is no doubt why Tottenham may want him. But with Di Maria seemingly on his way and United lacking wide players, Young remains key, so this is one rumour that is unlikely to ever be anything more than that.

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