Manchester United winger Ashley Young has revealed that manager Louis van Gaal told him to stay wide before coming on as a second half substitute in the club's FA Cup clash with League One outfit Preston North End on Monday, reports the club's official site.
With the Red Devils trailing, the former Aston Villa ace replaced Radamel Falcao at Deepdale and played a key role in the turnaround to help secure the club's place in the quarter-final of the competition.
And Young has backed the fighting spirit in the Manchester United dressing room as he told ManUnited.com:“The club has always had great spirit – I’ve seen that since I’ve been here. All the boys in the dressing room are fighting for each other and when you have that off the pitch you take it on to the pitch.
"It’s one of the qualities we have as a team. It’s a team sport and we always go out and play as a team. We showed that on Monday night from the first minute to the last and in the way we came back into the game and won it.
“The manager told me to go out there, get on the ball, get crosses into the box and stay wide," he added. "We wanted to get ourselves back in it as quickly as possible. It was a great team effort – every man throughout the team was fantastic. When you have that team spirit in a game it can help take you through to the next round and that’s what it’s done.”
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Ultimately, Young and Co. will now take on rivals Arsenal in the last eight in early March.
Neville makes Matuidi admission
Ex-Manchester United coach Phil Neville has revealed that the club were interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi during the tenure of David Moyes.
In fact, Neville, who left Old Trafford at the end of last season, has admitted that he scouted the 27-year-old who produced a fine performance against Chelsea in the Champions League last night.
He told BBC 5 live sport: "We wanted to sign him. We'd heard his contract was running out and we were really interested in him. Then he signed a contact with Paris St Germain, which was something we weren't happy with.
“We were looking at it at Man Utd last year to inject a little bit of energy. He runs from box to box and he carried the team forward simply through his energy on that left channel."
Pressure getting to Falcao
Ex-Manchester United striker Louis Saha, meanwhile, has suggested that the pressure is getting to Colombian forward Radamel Falcao.
Saha believes the money involved in the striker's contract is harming his performances on the pitch, as he told The Sun: "Falcao is under pressure because of his contract," he told the Sun. “When there is that amount of money involved you are under pressure. That pressure is not on a defender, for instance.
“As a striker, you want to score. Over here you have to adapt. When you are in a different formation or different management, you have to adapt. It could take three months, six months or maybe a year before you understand it.