Ashley Young has left Manchester United for Inter Milan in a reported £1.5m deal. On Friday, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Young was on the brink of a move to Milan, after the full-back had been pictured arriving in Italy for his medical.
“Well, to be fair, I think it was for Ashley, you know. He is 35 in the summer and, if he gets a two-year contract somewhere, I think it’s up to him to take that. We weren’t ready to offer that.
“He’s been a good servant for the club. He’s been captain and he’s won trophies, leagues, cups, but we’ve got players coming through.
“So it was time now, then. When Ashley’s head and mindset was on ‘yeah, I want to try this’, why not do it now?”
Later on Friday, the transfer was confirmed by both clubs. The 34-year-old Young, who was named club captain this past summer, joined United in the summer of 2011 and made 261 appearances for the Reds, scoring 19 goals. Young had been linked with a possible move in the January transfer window for some time, as the former English international had reportedly grown dissatisfied with a lack of playing time.
Young signed a contract at Internazionale lasting until 30 June 2020 — the same date as the expiration of his previous contract with United — but with an option to extend for a further season. Young joins other ex-Reds Romelu Lukaku and (on loan) Alexis Sánchez at the Serie A club.