This time last year Ashley Young was one of the players that was constantly talked about as being one of the first ones out of the Old Trafford following the arrival of Louis Van Gaal. Young received criticism from many sections of the United support in the 2013/14 season for some poor performances and diving controversies.
Young impressed the new United manager on the pre-season tour of the United States last summer, playing in the left wing-back position as Van Gaal experimented with the 3-5-2 system that he had used successfully with Holland in the World Cup. Young showed great work rate playing in this position, getting up the down the left side. Defending when needed and supporting United’s attackers.
Young signed for Manchester United in June of 2011 on a five year contract, therefore he is entering the final year of that contract. Talks over a new three year deal for Young are said to have ongoing for several months now with the believe that he will sign his new deal later this month.
Young played in 29 games in all competitions for United last season and scored 2 goals, both coming towards the end of the season and both crucial in United’s quest for Champions League qualification. The first of those goals coming as he scored the winning goal in the dying minutes United’s game at Newcastle in March, this goal kept United in the top four, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton all breathing down United’s necks. His other goal of the season coming in the Manchester City in April, after United had fallen behind early in the game, Young equalised for United as they went to the game 4-2.
Young finished the season winning the club’s player of the month award for May and his resurgence in form has said to have brought him back into England manager Roy Hodgson’s thoughts for next summer’s European Championships. In fact he would have probably been in the squad for the friendly against Republic Of Ireland and the qualifier against Slovenia, had he not been injury.
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