England manager Gareth Southgate has praised Manchester United defender Luke Shaw after he was drafted into the squad for the forthcoming set of internationals. The Red Devils left-back failed to make the Three Lions squad for the summer World Cup after an average 2017/18 season but he has since impressed in the United colours to earn a comeback.
Speaking to reporters, Southgate admitted that the Englishman had gone through a difficult period with injuries but he has been picked after making a strong start to the current campaign, he said: “He has had a difficult period in terms of adapting to a new club. A horrendous injury he had to overcome. I’m really impressed with the physical condition that he is in.He had an extra edge to his game in the last couple of matches I’ve seen. He’s shown an aggression to his play, a desire not to lose. Back to his powerful best.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has challenged Ashley Young to return early from his holiday amid the ongoing injury concerns on the right side of the defence. United were already without summer signing Diogo Dalot due to a knee injury and their woes has further increased with captain Antonio Valencia sustaining a calf problem.
Speaking in a news conference, Mourinho highlighted that the club may require Young earlier from his vacation to take up the right-back duties, considering Matteo Darmian has already made his mind up to leave the club, he said: “Ashley Young is a possibility to play at right-back. He is on holiday and I don’t know if he fancies being back before that to put himself available for the team – or if he prefers to stay on holiday. Darmian wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave if the right offer arrives you have to be human and let the player follow his instincts, but not at any price. “Until now the offers we have got for Matteo are not even close to being accepted.”
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s club-record move to Juventus could be considered as the complete transfer. The Bianconeri acquired the services of Ronaldo on a four-year deal from Real Madrid earlier this week and Mourinho feels the Serie A holders will benefit heavily in both the footballing and marketing department with the Portuguese around.
“We see three dimensional football. Everyone will look to Italy for Cristiano, to Spain for [Lionel] Messi and England for the Premier League. At this time, Serie A has become the most important championship in the world. Everything can change in football, the prospects of teams like Inter, Milan and Roma now change, and now Juve is much stronger with Cristiano. They are more motivated by the signing, they are contributing to the quality, attention and excitement of Serie A. For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer,” he told Teleradiostereo.
England international Ashley Young has stressed that the team are not getting carried away from their 2-0 win over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final. The victory has witnessed the Three Lions reach the last four of the global tournament for the first time in 28 years but Young has indicated that the celebrations remain muted.
He said: “
We haven’t won anything yet so there’s no point in celebrating. It was nice to get the victory but I think the celebrations were muted because there’s still big games to come up. There’s still a lot to play for. I’ve said all along that the team spirit we have got here has been fantastic and I think you see that in the way we celebrate after a game. We get ourselves back to the hotel, recover, prepare the right way and go for the next game.”
England legend Terry Butcher has said that he does not favour the option of playing a makeshift defender at the summer World Cup. The former Ipswich star has declared that ‘Ashley is his pet hate’ and the Manchester United ace should not get the nod over Danny Rose, who is the specialist in the left-back/left wing-back position.
“He seems to think that because he is a forward-thinking player with experience who has had a good season for Manchester United, he can do a job for England. Your wingbacks have to be quick going forward and quick in recovery. Young is neither, which makes him reluctant to go forward because he is worried about the amount of cover he is giving the centre-backs. And at the World Cup, just one weakness can put you out of the tournament. Without a doubt, it is vital Danny Rose is fit to play in the tournament.” He said.
Manchester United defender Ashley Young has admitted that the team were not at their races as they succumbed to a surprise 1-0 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night. United came into the game needing just one point to secure the second position but it was Brighton who eventually prevailed as they cemented their Premier League status with a Pascal Gross winner.
Speaking after the game, Young admitted that the club struggled to find creativity in the attack front and was bitterly disappointed with the loss, he told MUTV: “It wasn’t good enough, especially in the first half as we weren’t at the races. In the first half they had the better chances and we didn’t create as much as we should have. We put the pressure on in the last 20 minutes, but the goal wasn’t meant to be and we are disappointed. I am not sure what was wrong, we just weren’t good enough, that is the honest truth.”
England international Ashley Young has been left unimpressed by Manchester United’s season and believes there is plenty of room for improvement prior to the 2018/19 campaign. The Red Devils are currently in need of another four points to assure themselves of the runner-spot and they can then switch their focus to the FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Despite this, they have been far off from competing with Manchester City for the Premier League crown and Young believes the club were made to pay for their mistakes during the festive period, in particular, he told ESPN: “It has been one of those seasons when around Christmas we were drawing games, late goals against us, and when you look back at those kind of games then you think the season could have been different. It wasn’t meant to be but we have put down a marker against the top-four, top-six clubs, but it is more than that. We have to win at other clubs as well. We have to win more games than we have done.”Continue reading
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.”
England national team coach Gareth Southgate believes Luke Shaw must play more regularly for Manchester United in the coming months in order to stand a chance of making this summer’s World Cup in Russia. The 22-year-old has gone his fair share of opportunities since the festive period, but Ashley Young remains the go-to man for Jose Mourinho in the crucial encounters.
Speaking in a press conference, Southgate stressed that the decision to pick Young over Shaw was based on the former’s excellent showing which has included a brilliant man-marking performance against Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Young has also provided a better attacking threat than Shaw, and Southgate feels the 32-year-old suits the left wing-back position.
England international Ashley Young believes Manchester United are well equipped to win the Champions League after making the knockout stage of the elite competition for the first time since the 2013/14 season. The Red Devils face-off against Sevilla in a two-legged round of 16 tie between February and March.
In an interview covered by Sky Sports, Young remains optimistic about the club’s chances of repeating their Champions League feat from 1999 and 2008, he said: “Of course (we can win the Champions League). You don’t enter a competition not to win it. That’s what we will be looking to do and take each game as it comes. The next one is against Sevilla. That’s a tough away game like Huddersfield, like Newcastle away. That’s what the stadium is like. We just have to concentrate on ourselves.”