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Ashley Young declares himself fit for Liverpool clash

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Manchester United have received a timely boost with the news that Ashley Young is fit to face Liverpool on Sunday.

The 29-year-old suffered a knock in the closing stages of Monday night’s 2-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s, but has declared himself fit for this weekend’s clash against the Red Devils’ fierce rivals.

Young has transformed himself from much-maligned winger to reliable back-up left-back under Louis van Gaal - and has become a key member of the first team in the absence of summer signing Luke Shaw, who injured his ankle against Arsenal last month.

Young: I'm sore but okay to play

The makeshift full-back says that while he is experiencing a bit of pain, he will be fit to take his place at left-back against Brendan Rodgers’ side on Sunday.

“I’m a little bit sore," he told MUTV. "You have these little knocks and bruises but dust yourself off and away you go again."

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Momentum building

Young also echoed the sentiments of teammate Robin van Persie, who scored both goals against the Saints, by claiming that momentum is now building following a difficult start to the season.

"It's a massive win. I think, like the manager has said, the momentum is building now,” Young continued. "We wanted to get another win and knew it was going to be a tough place to come away from home after the last one against Arsenal.

"We said we wanted another win on the road and we managed to do that - even though it wasn't easy at all.

"We're delighted with the three points and look forward to the game at the weekend now."

United favourites to win on Sunday

The Red Devils are the Premier League’s in-form side, having won their last five matches, and are favourites to make it six wins from six against Liverpool, whose performances have dipped since the end of last season.

United are currently seven points clear of ninth-placed Liverpool - now eight points behind league-leaders Chelsea - and there’s a growing sense that the 20-time English champions are back following David Moyes’ disastrous nine-month tenure.

However, Van Gaal’s side’s overall performance against Southampton was anything but convincing. Former United captain Gary Neville said after the match that the visitors had “got away with murder” to come away with all three points - comments that were not appreciated by the Red Devils’ manager.

Manchester United will be expected to produce a better display against Liverpool, although supporters won’t care if Van Gaal delivers another three points.

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Louis van Gaal
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