Manchester United winger Ashley Young is set to sign a new contract in the coming weeks that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018 - a reward for a good season under Louis van Gaal when it appeared he was destined for the exit.

According to the Daily Mail, Young, who will turn 30 in July, will pocket a similar weekly wage to the £120,000 he currently gets, contrary to previous reports suggesting any new deal would come with a noticeable pay-cut.

The former Aston Villa star has started 20 Premier League games so far this season and was one of his team's most impressive performers during a recent run of six straight wins.

Young has rediscovered his best form under van Gaal and has even done a stellar job when asked to fill in at left-back. He was a surprise star of pre-season and has continued to defy the critics ever since, despite also having to contend with a couple of frustrating injury layoffs.

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United had looked destined to consign the blip of 2013/14 to history and comfortably re-take their place in the Champions League. Three consecutive defeats have brought up a shadow of doubt, but Young is still confident the team can hold on to fourth place.

"As players and staff, there's no doubt we can qualify for the Champions League and that was always what we wanted to do," he told MUTV after defeat to West Brom over the weekend.

"It's still in our hands and we have three massive games coming up. We have another tough game away to Palace next weekend and we want to get back to winning ways.

"We have the team spirit and character to bounce back from this defeat. We'll work again this week, prepare on the training pitch and hopefully things will go right next weekend."