Ashley Young completed a move to his boyhood club, Watford, after a successful spell with Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A but recent reports have revealed that Watford were not the only side that were trying to sign him this summer. Young was signed by Manchester United from Watford a long time ago and even though he was signed as a winger, he was converted to a right-back as there was too much competition for places in the attacking department of the Red Devils squad at the time under their former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Following his move to Old Trafford, Young had to pick between maintaining his winger identity and sitting on the substitute’s bench or being transformed to a defender and playing regular football. He picked the second option and that was how he managed to last for a long time at Manchester United. However, his time was beginning to get over after the Red Devils appointed Olé Gunnar Solksjær as their new manager following the sacking of the previous boss José Mourinho.
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has
insisted that the club will come up with a renewed energy for the forthcoming
campaign. The Red Devils had a forgettable 2018/19 season where they finished
sixth on the league standings while witnessing their arch-rivals Manchester
City and Liverpool win the Premier League and Champions League titles
As such, the season was somewhat of an
embarrassment for the Red Devils and Shaw suggests that the club will come up
with an improvement next term, he said: “I think that’s why we’ve all come back
again with a different mindset and of course we had that break to clear our
minds, but now we’re all focused on getting United back to where they belong.It
will be a new United this season, especially with the new ideas the manager is
bringing in. The manager said last season what he wanted from us and he wanted
to work us hard and get his ideas in.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought a positive
feel around the club at the mid-stage of the previous campaign where he replaced
Jose Mourinho on an interim basis. He was thereafter handed with the permanent
deal after witnessing the club’s uptrend in form, although that surprisingly
coincided with another dip in terms of the performances.
Owing to this, the club missed out on the top four during the final few games of the season and that has meant that they won’t be participating in the Champions League next term. Meanwhile, Shaw has witnessed a resurgence over the past 12 months where he has made the left-position his own without much competition.
The England international had found himself deemed to be unfit under Mourinho, but he has gone through several fitness drills to get himself into shape. The same has enhanced his performances on the field and he was named the club’s Player of the Year last season.
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.
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.
England international Ashley Young is reportedly said to want a two-year contract with Manchester United which would keep him at the club until the age of 35. The attacker has transformed himself into a quality full-back over the past 18 months but his future with the club has been called into question with his current contract expiring at the end of the campaign.
According to The Sun, the 33-year-old is awaiting discussion over a new contract with United after proving a quality player under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. United have generally offered only one-year deals to players above the age of 30 but Young is hoping that the club buck the trend and issue him a two-year contract just like Marouane Fellaini during the summer.
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 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.”