Ashley Young Sees Himself As A Winger Despite Transformation

Manchester United ace Ashley Young has said that he remains a winger by trade despite featuring regularly for the Red Devils in the left-back spot this term. Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, the 32-year-old has managed to own the makeshift position, and his performances have also been noticed by England manager Gareth Southgate.

Speaking to ESPN FC, Young admitted that he sees himself as a winger, but he is pleased to contribute from any position for the club, he said: “I don’t know [my best position]. I’m not sure anymore. I still see myself as a winger because I’ve played there for so long. I’ve played as a No. 10 as well. There are so many positions and I think it’s only goalkeeper and centre-half that I haven’t played so far [for United]. But wherever the manager calls upon me, I will go out there and give 100 percent and look to play well, which I think I’ve done this season.”

Young started the season on the sidelines as he recovered from a hamstring injury sustained during the backend of the previous campaign. However, starting from September, he managed to command a regular spot ahead of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian, and has sustained his run through the team despite Luke Shaw knocking on the door when he was suspended.

Of late, Young’s performances have been simply outstanding, and his most memorable came against Liverpool, where his man-marking skills on Mohamed Salah came for special praise from Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate. Southgate not only praised Young for his defensive skills, but also his aggression going forward, and it appears that the veteran is a certain candidate to make the cut for the World Cup squad. Young was in action for United last weekend as they clinched a 2-0 triumph over Swansea City in the Premier League.

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