Di Maria hasn’t played for United in a few weeks, partly due to Young’s effectiveness and versatility.
Van Gaal has lined Young up and down the left side of his lineup. He has played left-back, left-wing and wing-back for United and has proven that he can handle the role of streaking along the left line.
The 29-year-old’s contact is due to expire in 2016 and Van Gaal wants to ensure that he keeps Young on lockdown. While no official word has come out about the contract negotiations, ESPN reports that the two sides are close to an agreement.
Van Gaal sees value in rewarding players he is keen on before their contract becomes an issue. The talks with Young are a clear indication that Van Gaal sees him as an asset worth keeping.