Ashley Young set to be axed at Manchester United?
Manchester United opinion: Ashley Young's future could be in doubt with Wilfried Zaha soon to arrive at Old Trafford
In a season full of disappointment, inconsistency and under-whelming performances for Manchester United's wide-men - this year has certainly been one to forget for the wingers. And Ashley Young has probably had the worst season of the lot.
Young's moments of brilliance in a Manchester United shirt have been few and far between since a blistering start at the club, encapsulated by his magnificent double against Arsenal in the famous 8-2 victory.
Since then, he has seemed to wilt on the biggest occasions and is rarely trusted in high-pressure situations. Couple this with constant injuries, it is Ashley Young, not Luis Nani, who should be most afraid of a summer departure from the Theatre of Dreams.
Antonio Valencia, since inheriting the number seven shirt has been a completely different player from last season. Valencia was one of United's key performers last season, but will not be shipped out on the hope that this one season was a mere exception.
Valencia is different from the likes of Young and Nani. He depends on his burst of pace, direct powerful running and sole crossing ability. He's an old school winger, bursting down the line before sending in a teasing cross normally aimed at the back post.
He was awarded the Manchester United fans and Players Player of the Year award last season – and remains a key member of Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.
Luis Nani has frustrated the manager for years, and it is generally understood that Ferguson has finally reached the end of his tether with the Portuguese. However – Nani remains an exciting talent when at his best, capable of leaving you in awe of his talent.
Nani is an extremely gifted player, incredibly capable on either foot. He is undoubtedly Manchester United's most dangerous winger – and is the closest thing the club has to Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, his inconsistency and poor decision making have left him in a difficult position at the club, with numerous members of playing staff and the fans frustrated with his performances this season.
Like Valencia, Nani was awarded the Players' Player of the Year award two seasons ago. Luis Nani does have the ability to be a Manchester United player – although perhaps not the decision making.
Ashley Young, an England international, is by no means a bad player. But in my opinion he is not Manchester United material.
Young is poor under pressure, weak mentally as well as physically and is rarely trusted in the big games.
With reported interest in James Rodriguez, as well Wilfried Zaha arriving in July – competition for starting places at United will be as fierce as ever.
Something Ashley Young may not be part of.
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