Not long ago Ashley Young was all but set to leave Manchester United as part of the summer exodus which saw many players leave the club. However, things have changed now and the winger has nailed a regular place in the team due to his adaptability.
Young as a wing-back
Young was one of the players who received heavy criticism last campaign for the team’s poor showing. Fans and critics expected him to be one of the first names to leave the club in the summer. But, when Van Gaal followed the same recipe (3-5-2 formation) which helped Dutch secure third place in the World Cup, Young adopted himself as a make shift wing back.
This helped the England International get a lot of first team action in the beginning of the season. Also the early injuries suffered by Luke Shaw helped his cause as he made the position his own. Despite being a natural winger, Young surprisingly adopted to the role with good efficiency.
Young as a left-back
Things changed again when United switched from a back three to a back four. As a result, Young lost his place in the team sheet. Besides, the injury which he sustained later left him further below the pecking order. However, he got his chance again when Shaw was injured against Arsenal.
He played as a wing-back in the match after replacing Shaw at Emirates. Since then Young was asked to fill in the left back space left by Shaw, which he duly did. In the last two home games against Hull City and Stoke City, Young was a noticeable member in the back line with his immense work rate for the team.
The make shift winger offered a lot of protection for the defenders as well as helped his team in attack when in possession. Young dazzled his way forward time and again as he became the focal point of attack for United in the left flank.
It is unclear, where the player will be when the injured players like Shaw, Rojo and Blind returns? Nonetheless, seeing a player who was on the brink of leaving the club in the summer being transformed into an important member in the team in a short while is a great recovery. For which, the 29-year-old deserves lot of credit.
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