Sir Alex Ferguson insists that Ashley Young will continue to occupy a wide berth for Manchester United, despite his previous success in the middle.

Young helped United to victory in their Barclays Premier League opener against West Bromwich Albion, providing the pass for Wayne Rooney to score the opener, before Steven Reid deflected his dangerous cross into his own net.

The England international was a constant thorn in the side of the Baggies at the Hawthorns, and Ferguson says the winger will continue to play on the left where he was so effective last weekend.

"Ashley can play in different positions but I’m not saying it’s going to happen at the moment," said Ferguson. "He’s filling the left-hand side very well but there’s options to play him right or off the front.

"The option to play him centrally is not looking great for him, though, with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov plus even Ryan Giggs can play there. So we’re looking more at the wide positions for him.


 

"But it can help a player in terms of the consistency of playing. John O’Shea, for instance, wasn’t in a starting position all the time but, because of his versatility, he made nearly 400 appearances for us in his career here."

Young is one of three new players brought by Ferguson this summer, following the retirement of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Edwin Van der Sar and the release of Owen Hargreaves.

The new faces, which include 19-year-old Phil Jones and 20-year-old David De Gea, have breathed new life into an ageing United squad, and Ferguson insists change had to happen sooner rather than later.

"We were always aware we had players who were coming to the end of their careers. That has been on the horizon for us for quite a few years," he added.

"We knew it was going to happen, you don't want it to, but it does and there's nothing you can do about it. Age catches up with us all.

"So we've replaced the players who have left us, and we've still players at the club in their 30s, which is a lot of experience.

"At some point when the young players may hit a pocket there will be enough experience to augment the challenge we're after this year."

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