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.
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.”
Manchester United ace Ashley Young is not pleased with his three-match retrospective ban for his elbow on Southampton’s Dusan Tadic. The England international was awarded the suspension following the goalless draw last weekend where he was spotted elbowing Tadic in the stomach.
Initially, referee Craig Dawson could not spot the incident but it still came under review following repeated slow motion replays from BT Sport, which has not gone well with the veteran. The 32-year-old has since missed United’s 2-0 league win over Everton, and he is set to do the same for the games versus Derby County and Stoke City in the FA Cup and Premier League respectively.
The last time Ashley Young pulled on an England shirt was in 2013, four years ago. He came on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere in 0-0 draw against Ukraine in September, 2013. He had suffered the disappointment of being left out of Fabio Capello’s squad for 2010 World Cup. He wasn’t even in contention for the 2014 world cup squad. Now, he has a big chance to make to Russia next summer, if he continues with his strong performances for Manchester united.
The Manchester United man said, “I never once shut the door on England or thought that the door was shut. I’ve shown I am ¬deserving of a place in the ¬England squad but I don’t just want a place in the squad, I want to be in the team.”
England manager Gareth Southgate revealed that Ashley Young gained his trust after having been picked regularly for the national side by his predecessors. The 32-year-old had not featured for the Three Lions since 2013, but his form for United at left-back/left wing-back this season convinced Southgate into a recall.
In a report covered by The Mirror, Southgate insisted that he is open to offering opportunities to senior players despite playing emphasis on grooming young talent prior to next year’s World Cup, he said, “Generally speaking we want to look at younger players, and develop the team, but I’ve always said if a more senior player is playing well and warrants the call-up, we should include them. He’s a player every Manchester United manager has picked, and that tells me something about his mentality and the trust they have in him.”
Manchester United ace Ashley Young is eager to get on the scoresheet again after having established himself as a key player under Jose Mourinho this season.
The England international started his professional career as a winger, but he has developed his defensive game over the years, and he is now regarded as a versatile full-back in the United ranks.
Young was a surprise starter in the 3-0 Champions League win over Basel earlier this month after Mourinho surprisingly picked him ahead of Antonio Valencia at right-back. The former Aston Villa man went on to provide a delightful assist for Marouane Fellaini’s opener, and he has since featured as a left-back in the Premier League games against Everton and Southampton.
Speaking on MUTV, Young admits that he has to read more from the game, given his vast experience playing for the Red Devils. He added that he is happy to play wherever the manager wants him as he will always give his 100 percent on the pitch, he said: “At my age, you have to read the game more, and at full-back you have to read the game more, I think I’ve got a good footballing brain to be able to do that. I’m just happy to be out there playing and whenever I’m called upon I’ll give 100 per cent.”Continue reading
Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Paul Merson has questioned Manchester United’s decision to sign the likes of Victor Lindelof and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer.
The Red Devils spent over £140m on the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic, Lindelof this summer, whilst Ibrahimovic re-joined the club on a one-year contract.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, the former Gunners star was unconvinced by Jose Mourinho’s decision to sign Lindelof, who has yet to make his Premier League for the Red Devils, he said: “I’m not convinced by Victor Lindelof at all, but Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic are very, very good signings and that’s why I’m giving them such a high grade. They are two players that they needed and they will make a massive difference to that team. They look like a completely different team with those two players in it and they could be the players to win the Premier League for them.”Continue reading
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has no intention of selling Ashley Young despite the Englishman entering the final year of his contract.
The 32-year-old has been largely a bit-part player at Old Trafford, but Mourinho still seeks to utilise his versatility with the club competing on all four fronts next season. Young is currently recovering from a hamstring problem which he suffered during the first leg of United’s Europe League semi-final tie against Celta Vigo in May.
The Red Devils eventually beat the Spanish outfit across two legs by a 2-1 scoreline after which they clinched their title with a 2-0 victory over Ajax in the final in Stockholm. According to The Sun, Young remains a key part of Jose Mourinho’s plans for next season, although he will not be available for the first few months due to injury. The Englishman travelled alongside his teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States, and Mourinho has insisted that there should be a close bond between his players regardless of their fitness ahead of the new season.
Young has another 12 months left on his existing deal with the option of a year’s extension, and Mourinho is prepared to utilise his services for the upcoming campaign rather than discuss offers with his suitors. Continue reading
Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan in the next few days, reports in England say. The transfer price for the player has been the main reason delaying the deal – Inter want £48 million for the player but United want to offer significantly less for the 28-year old winger.
Inter also reportedly asked Manchester United about its forward Anthony Martial. The Serie A side are looking at the possibility that the struggling Red Devils France international would move to Italy.Continue reading