Ashley Young is the success story of Manchester United’s season. Much like Marouane Fellaini, the introduction of a new manager worked wonders and filled this player with the confidence that he had been lacking for such a long time.
Instead of playing with fear Young has started attacking his full back again this season and it’s been very refreshing to watch after years of giving the ball back to Evra.
Many Manchester Untied fans have taken him into their hearts after consistently hardworking and good quality displays in the second half of the season in particular.
But the most salient question to ask yourself is ‘can you see Young doing damage for Manchester United against Barcelona in a Champions League semi?’
The answer is surely no and Manchester United can’t afford to fill their team with decent players who look good against the small sides but are outclassed against the big boys. Even when playing out of his skin Young isn’t exactly prolific. He’s scored 2 goals and has less than half a dozen assists in 29 games this season. Compare that to 4 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances for a completely out of sorts Angel Di Maria and Young’s form looks less amazing.
He has played well but he’s not a player who would be present in the starting line up of a really top team.
If Manchester United want to challenge the best they need to give Depay his chance on the left next season.
FINAL WORD: Three really poor years and one decent one at the club is what Young’s Manchester United career amounts to. The most canny operators sell while the price is high and Young’s value won’t get any higher than it is right now. But Louis loves his adaptability – this should keep him in the squad next season, as Depay learns his trade. KEEP