Anyone who saw Manchester United’s pre-season tour would have struggled not to notice two things.
Firstly, Ashley Young was very average. Yes, he had a decent season last year and saw off the challenge of Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria.
Young is an excellent athlete and still managed to get up and down the wing with ease in America.
He also hit the corner form which Wayne Rooney scored the opener against Barcelona.
But, overall the quality wasn’t in his game.
Secondly, Manchester United’s young star Andreas Pereira gave an excellent showing.
He came on in place of Young against PSG and, although left wing is not his preferred position, he caused more problems in his time on the park than Ashley Young did.
We have always maintained that, even when Young is at his best, he’s only good against average sides.
When it comes to playing the big boys you need forwards who can make a difference. Young seldom has an impact against elite sides, so what’s the point of playing him at all?
We would much sooner try to get the far more talented Pereira settled in the side.
It’s going to be a steep learning curve for him but, at 19, he already looks to have the physical strength to hold his own in The Premier League.
He’s quick, has wonderful close control, is a lovely crosser of the ball and can beat a man.
He may take time to settle but, unlike Young, he can have a say in the biggest games for Manchester United. So why wait? The lad needs game time at the top level now and he’s a huge talent.
Louis van Gaal loves to bring youngsters through and Pereira did enough in pre-season get a chance against Tottenham.
Be bold Louis!
Manchester United fans: Young or Pereira?