Despite spending vast sums of money on new players, Manchester United fans were left shocked when manager Louis van Gaal elected to use winger Ashley Young as the striker in the club’s 3-0 defeat against Tottenham.
For much of the game, it looked like the team more to come away with a valuable point from their fixture at White Hart Lane. It was extremely important that the team picked up as many points as possible in order to remain in the top four race. Manchester City have not been looking likely to drop points after rediscovering their form in recent weeks.
Arsene Wenger himself has stated that Barcelona are 95% through into the next round of the Champions League especially after the Spanish club claimed a 2-0 triumph over Arsenal in the first leg.
Arsenal now has the task of defeating Barcelona in Camp Nou with a deficit of 2 goals which is an incredibly difficult thing to do, not impossible but very hard.
Even with this recent defeat of Arsenal, they have been going through a superb season as the Premier League club is positioned in the top spots of the English club and have a realistic chance of becoming the new champions of England and this path is the easier one to fulfill.
AFC Bournemouth is an English club that for the first time in their history is competing in the Premier League and so far has maintained themselves slightly above the relegation zone. Bournemouth isn’t so well known compared to other clubs but they have recently been in the spotlight of the media after claiming successive triumphs over Chelsea and Manchester United.
One of the main reasons of why Louis van Gaal has been receiving so much criticism lately is due to this loss that they suffered when playing against AFC Bournemouth and there also was a number of events which occurred in the match that has baffled the supporters of Manchester United as well as Ashley Young.
Louis van Gaal has confirmed that struggling striker Wayne Rooney will be available for the game against Southampton.
The forward has not scored a league goal this season and he will be hoping to end the wait against Southampton, who have not been as convincing defensively as they were last season. He has done exceedingly well for the England national team and recently became the record goal scorer for England with his goals in the recent Euro 2016 qualification matches. He has also found the back of the net in the Champions League games.
Winger Ashley Young has experienced a complete turnaround in fortunes over the last 12 months.
After David Moyes’ appointment, his United career appeared to have stalled completely and this even threatened to take him out of the spotlight in the international scene too. The faith shown by Louis Van Gaal in the second half of last season meant that Young has been able to recapture his form. He has now gone from being a backup left wingback to being restored in his normal position of a left winger. The improvement shown by the player has seen himself being rewarded with a new contract.
England boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that injury was the main reason behind Ashley Young not being involved in the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovenia.
It was rather surprising to see the Manchester United winger left out of the squad when Hodgson announced it a few weeks ago. After all, the 29-year-old had been in impressive form in the last six months of the campaign. At the start, manager Louis van Gaal was utilising the former Aston Villa man as a wing back. The discipline shown by Young in this position was rather surprising.
Manchester United are hitting form at just the right time in the season according to winger Ashley Young, who has been an integral part of this revival at Old Trafford.
United have managed to win the last five league matches and this has propelled them into a position from where they can even think about the Premier League title with almost 10 games remaining. Chelsea continue to remain as the favourites for the trophy, butUnited are becoming an ever-increasing threat along with Arsenal.Young appeared to be on the fringes of a United exit in the summer, but the experienced campaigner has become an integral part of the team.
Unlike all the other managers in English Football, the Manchester United boss, Louis Van Gaal, does not like to laud his players that much even if they put in world class performances.
It’s hard to say whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but, sometimes, as a player, it can really do wonders to you if you play well and your manager wholeheartedly talks about your showing.
Take Ashley Young’s case for example. The veteran had been coping with a bit of a hard time in the last few seasons and then suddenly, this season, he has started cranking it up a little bit. Versus the Black Cats the previous week, he produced an absolute blinder of a show.
During the time when David Moyes was in charge of Manchester United as the coach of the English club, the Scottish manager utilized Ashley Young on a regular basis.
After having gone through a disastrous time at Old Trafford, Moyes was sacked before even 1 year in charge and now Moyes has taken up a coaching position for Real Sociedad and the rumors are suggesting that Moyes wants to reunite with Ashley Young.
Manchester United have been showing a considerable improvement in form over the last few weeks.
This has seen them go unbeaten against the likes of West Brom, but Louis van Gaal’s team will be facing the biggest threat when they take on Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Ashley Young was a regular first-team player in the first few weeks of the campaign, but the return of Luke Shaw has forced him to settle for a place on the sidelines. He is unlikely to feature against Chelsea barring any new injuries for the Dutchman. Despite this, he is ready to contribute from the sidelines.