Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly decided to hand Ashley Young with the role of the club-captain with Antonio Valencia ending his association with the club. Valencia is scheduled to leave the Red Devils on a free transfer when his contract expires next month and Young seems to have got the nod for the captaincy after observing the role on numerous occasions during the 2018/19 campaign.
According to The Sun, Ole has decided to go with Young for the leadership duties with the expected departure of Valencia this summer. It is further added that Paul Pogba has only been afforded with the vice-captain role for the next campaign despite the fact that the midfielder stands the chance of being the captain for the long-term.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has said that a top-four challenge is not good enough for the Red Devils and they should be challenging for trophies instead. The Mancunian giants ended the current Premier League season in a disappointment as they finished sixth on the table and that has eluded them of Champions League football next season.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Young said that the club need to be aiming for trophies rather than pushing for the top four and that itself remains a disappointment. He added that the recently concluded campaign has been a let-down with the team failing to make the Champions League places despite receiving help from the sides around them.
BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton has slammed Ashley Young following his average performance against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final. The England international was awarded with the right wing-back role for the game, but his showing was far from impressive as he struggled to make any inroads towards the Blaugrana defence.
Speaking after the game, Sutton was surprised with Young’s inclusion in the starting lineup against the Spanish champions and indicated that the Englishman is probably the worst captain and right-back in the club’s long history, he said: “Let’s get it right, he’s the worst ever United captain and the worst ever United right back.”
Ashley Young says that it is a major worry to witness players being attacked by supporters and he has called for more protection to the players in the wake of the recent incident involving Jack Grealish of Aston Villa. The Aston Villa player was attacked by a Birmingham fan, who had invaded on the pitch. Manchester United’s Chris Smalling almost encountered a similar incident in the recent match at the Emirates Stadium when a supporter ran onto the pitch and confronted the defender. The pitch invasion was in the aftermath of Arsenal scoring the second goal from the penalty spot through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Even though the perpetrators in both incidents have been arrested and they are likely to face stadium bans, defender Ashley Young says that he is worried to see frequent incidents happen in this regard. He has called for more stewards on the sidelines so that pitch invasion can be prevented at the start. Young was subjected to a lot of abuse when he made the switch from Watford to Aston Villa several years ago. Even though those abuses have since been forgotten, such incidents will give a lot of fear within Young, who is looking to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the current campaign.
Talk SPORT pundit Danny Murphy has urged Manchester United to find a long-term replacement for Ashley Young in their ranks. The England international has been the undisputed choice on the right side of the defence this term but Murphy believes the club should move forward with the versatile player approaching the final stages of his professional career.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy said that there is a gaping hole at Old Trafford with the ageing Young and the club should consider a move for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he said: “I do think this lad’s that special. I think right now we are blessed in that area. This Wan-Bissaka, unfortunately for Palace fans, maybe they’ll keep him another year, it won’t do him any harm at all playing more games and getting more experience. There’s a gaping hole at Man Utd for a right-back. Ashley Young’s done brilliantly, but he’s 34.”
England international Ashley Young has reportedly penned a new contract to keep him at Manchester United until the conclusion of the 2019/20 season. The veteran’s previous deal was due to expire at the end of the campaign but United have taken the option to extend his contract for another 12 months.
Shortly after the extension, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about the fantastic attitude of the Englishman since his arrival at the club and said that his involvement could be crucial with several young players around the club, he told the club’s website: “Since I’ve come into the club, Ashley has been fantastic. His attitude and his experience around the place is vital for us because we have got a young team. We’ve got players that need some leaders in the dressing room and Ash is one of them so I’m delighted.”
Manchester United ace Ashley Young has backed Marcus Rashford to become one of the world’s best after finding the consistency upfront under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The England international has been in-and-out of the starting lineup over the past two years under ex-boss Jose Mourinho but his fortunes have changed since Solskjaer took over the reigns on a temporary basis.
Speaking on MUTV, Young hailed the immense potential of his compatriot and stated that the 21-year-old has the perfect platform to learn from one of United’s favourite forward in yesteryear in Solskjaer. He added that the youngster has the burning desire to impress even on the training field and that should hold well in his progress for the forthcoming years.
Manchester United ace Ashley Young has heaped praise on the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has worked with the players since taking charge of the club on the interim basis. The Norwegian was surprisingly handed the managerial role after Jose Mourinho’s dismissal last month but he has since answered his critics by guiding the team to four-straight league wins.
This has already brought about a positive reaction from a number of players within the United squad and Young joined in the act of approval saying: “I don’t think he (Solskjaer) has stopped smiling. He was like that as a player. He always has a smile on his face and I think that can reflect down on to the team, which is a good thing.Ole has come in and we were preparing in the right way for a game, even though it’s been a crazy week.”
Manchester United star Ashley Young has spoken positively about the progress of Diogo Dalot since his summer move from Porto. The Portuguese was the Red Devils’ second signing of the previous transfer window after arriving from Lisbon, but he had to wait until September to make his debut as he was still recovering from a surgery on a knee problem picked up at his former side.
Speaking to United’s official website, Young said that the youngster took some time to be integrated into the setup but he has since adjusted to the first-team surroundings with ease. He added to praise the short-term impact from the Portuguese, who has impressed with the initial impression on either side of the field.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Romelu Lukaku must provide more on the playing field, if he is to cement his position as the Red Devils’ number one striker. The Belgian was recently dropped from the starting lineup for the 2-1 triumph over Everton but in the weekend after, he found himself injured to face Bournemouth where United won by the same scoreline.
In both of those games, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez fared much better in terms of their movement and link-up play despite failing to score and Ferdinand feels Lukaku may need to bring much more than his goalscoring to cement the striker’s position for the long-term, he told BT Sport: “You look at Lukaku. Lukaku’s goalscoring record is up there, it’s fantastic, he scores goals.