Manchester United revealed their intentions on departing ways with the 28 years old winger Ashley Young. The English player made his move from Aston Villa with price tag of £17 million but a number of injuries and sudden drop of form have left him out of the main team for quite some time.
With a paycheck of £110,000 each week, the English club is searching for a way to offload him either that might be a loan or a transfer. David Moyes does not have any plans for Young that could involve placing him into the starting XI of the squad.
The manager of Manchester United, David Moyes, has lauded the goalkeeper David De Gea for his brilliant form in the ongoing season so far.
Manchester United has struggled quite a bit this season. Most of its players have been out of form, but, De Gea is the one guy who has shown some consistency.
Manchester United came back to winning ways yesterday by securing a 2-1 win over Sunderland. The man who stood out for the Red Devils in that game was Adnan Januzaj who scored a couple of goals, but, De Gea’s contribution can’t be ignored. The 23 years old Spanish goalkeeper made a great save to prevent Emanuele Giaccherini from doubling the lead of the Black Cats. That proved to be a vital moment in the game.
Ashley Young is a professional football player who currently plays for the Premier League champions Manchester United and the England national team as a winger. Although he was born and raised in the Hertfordshire region of England, Young’s father is from Grenada and he was qualified to play for the Grenada national football team was well but chose to represent his motherland in international level.
Putting bets on who will win the Premier League title is always going to be a risky business – just ask all those people who confidently put money on Manchester City to retain it last year – but this is one of the trickiest times of the year to get it right.
Although the bookies have made pre-season odds available to football betting fans, the fact that most of the major summer transfer activity has yet to take place means that we do not really know how strong the squads of the sides challenging will be once the season starts.
The Manchester United winger Ashley Young has said that he desperately wants to remain fit in the remaining part of the ongoing season.
Young has been hit by a few injuries in this season and he has managed to feature for Red Devils in only 20 matches.
Young is currently on the national duty. He is in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.
Talking to the reporters about his fitness, Young said, “It’s really frustrating to keep struggling with injuries throughout the season. I see my team mates taking part in the training session every day and I also want to do the same.”
“I don’t want any more injuries in the remaining part of the season. I want to be fit and to play as many games as possible.”
“I really don’t like watching games from the sidelines. It frustrates me. But, unfortunately, I had to do that quite a few times in this season.”
When asked about his team’s performance in the season, Young said, “We have a big lead over Manchester City at the moment and the kind of experienced players we have got in our squad, I don’t think we are going to lose the advantage.”
“If we win the League title, it will really be a special occasion for me. I have never been a part of a Premier League winning team. This will be the first time and I am very excited about it.”
Young had joined Manchester United at the start of the 2011-12 season. United had signed him after paying a transfer fee close to 15 million Pounds to his previous club Aston Villa. Young has so far featured for United in 42 games and has netted 6 times.
Ashley Young will not be able to play for Manchester United in the upcoming match against Fulham which will be played at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Young had injured his knee in United’s home game against Liverpool on 13th of January and has not featured for United since then.
Another United player, Jonny Evans had also injured his hamstring in the same match, but, the good news for the United fans is that Evans will start training today and he might feature against Fulham on Saturday.
Talking to the reporters about the fitness of Young and Evans, Sir Alex Ferguson said, “Young is not fit, but, the good news for us is that Jonny Evans has recovered from his injury now and he would take part in the training session today. His return would strengthen the defense of the team.”
When asked how important the match against Fulham is, Ferguson said, “Every game is important from now on. It’s a critical stage of the competition. We need to avoid complacency and show full intensity on the ground.”
“Every match should be treated in the same manner. We need to put in a bit of extra effort against every opposition now. We will have to make sure that we don’t lose the plot from this stage.”
When asked about the performance of Fulham in the last match against West Ham United, Ferguson said, “They played well in the last match. That was a dominating performance by them for sure. But, when we had faced them last week, we had defeated them quite convincingly. So, they would be under a bit of pressure.”
Manchester United had taken on Fulham in a FA Cup match on 26th of January and had won that match easily by 4-1.
The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that if the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson questioned the number of penalties that his side received at home this season, then he should be looking at his own team.
Mancini has pointed out to the several diving incidents involving the former Aston Villa winger Ashley Young. Mancini has said that Ashley Young was not diving, but swimming in the box a number of occasions last season. However, Ferguson has not mentioned these and has only pointed the fact that City have received more penalties than United at home this season.
Manchester United will be taking on Manchester City during the weekend in the battle between the first and second placed teams in the Premier league. United have the opportunity to open a six-point advantage at the top of the table, while City can close the three-point advantage of United with a victory. As a result, stakes are running high between the two clubs and Mancini has said that it will be an extremely tough encounter on Sunday. United will be coming to this encounter on the back of a good run of form, while City are yet to reach the heights of last season in terms of form.
"I remember very well last year when Young was swimming in the box. Four or five times in the last 10 games and no-one said anything. Fergie is clever for this," said the City manager Mancini in response to the statement given by Ferguson. "If we got that number of penalty kicks, there'd be an inquiry in the House of Commons," said Ferguson in his pre-match press conference. However, the statistical reports state that both teams have received equal number of penalties since the start of the 2010-11 season. United have a three-point advantage over City.
The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he will have the winger Ashley Young fit and ready for the upcoming matches. Manchester United have suffered a lot of injuries problems at the start of this new season, but they have been able to get the results despite these problems.
They are currently top of the Premier league standings after having recently won 3-2 against Chelsea. However, the absence of Ashley Young has been a major headache for the manager, who does not see the Portuguese winger Nani having a future at the club. As a result, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have occupied the first team spots this season.
Ashley Young has been unavailable for selection since September and his return will be a major boost for Manchester United. Even more significant is the fact that United will be having a number of crucial matches over the next month. Despite this good news, Sir Alex Ferguson still does not know when the defender Chris Smalling will be able to make his comeback from injury. The former Fulham defender has made good progress on the broken metatarsal that he had in the summer, but is not ready for playing yet according to the manager.
"Very few players can cross as well as he can and his goalscoring ratio is very good. It's always a time when you're a bit concerned but we've been lucky this time," said Alex Ferguson regarding the situation surrounding Ashley Young and Chris Smalling. United have experienced a lot of problems defensively due to the lack of players like Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, and Phil Jones. Ferguson has had to deal with the fact that only Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand have been the two fit central defenders for the club in recent weeks.
The Manchester United winger, Ashley Young, has praised his Ecuadorian team mate Antonio Valencia and said that there are not many players in the world who are more versatile than Valencia.
Valencia was one of the most successful players for United in the last season. He had scored 6 goals and set up 15 goals in the last season. He was also named as the fans’ player of the year.
Valencia hasn’t been able to show the same kind of form in the ongoing season, but, Young told Man Utd news, there is nothing to worry about Valencia’s form. There is still a long way to go in the season and Valencia would come good at some point of time.
As per Young, Valencia is one of those players who take care of his fitness very well. He spends a lot of time in the gym and he is one of the fittest players going around. Also, he never takes success for granted. He works hard in the training sessions and his approach towards the game is fantastic.
The young players can learn a lot from him. The manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has also agreed with Young’s views about Valencia. As per Ferguson, he is very impressed with the way Valencia has developed his game. The Ecuadorian has gone from strength to strength. He is a very quick learner which is a great quality to have.
Ashley Young was not able to play for United in the match against Southampton. On being asked about his fitness, Ferguson said that Young’s knee injury is not serious. It’s a minor one. He has rested in the last two days and he would definitely get fit before United’s next match against Wigan Athletic.
Ashley Young’s club Manchester United is looking to sign the Belgian midfielder Moussa Dembele. A few days ago, the manager of Manchester united, Sir Alex Ferguson, had made it clear that Angelo Henriquez is his last signing this summer and he would not sign any more player this year. But, it seems that Ferguson is still looking to sign a few players. According to the reports, Ferguson has been quite impressed with the playing style of Dembele and he is keen to have the Belgian midfielder in the United team. Apart from United, Tottenham Hotspur is also in the race of signing Dembele.
Dembele is currently playing for Fulham. He has been with Fulham since the last 2 years. He had joined the club in August 2010 on a contract of 3 years. Fulham had bought him from AZ Alkmaar after paying a contract fee of 5 million pounds. He played his first match for Fulham against Manchester United. His first goal for Fulham was against Port Vale in a match of the League Cup. In the last season, Dembele played in the central midfield and performed very well for Fulham. At the end of the last season, Martin Jol, the manager of Fulham, had said that the club wants to extend the contract of Dembele. But, Dembele hasn’t yet signed a new deal with Fulham.
A few days ago, in one of his interviews, Dembele had said that his tenure at Fulham has been quite decent so far and he would not leave Fulham until he gets the offer of a big club. Now, he has got the offer of a big club in the form of Manchester United. It would be interesting to see whether Dembele joins United or decides to stay with Fulham.