Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young has heaped praise on manager Louis van Gaal for helping him rediscover his best form at Old Trafford this season, and said the veteran Dutch tactician is a fantastic coach who has helped him fall in love with football again.
The 29-year-old wideman has been one of the biggest success stories to come from the former Netherlands boss' debut campaign at the Theatre of Dreams, having re-established himself as an important first-team player in the Red Devils side.
Young has been deployed in a variety of different positions this term, and his versatility has really come to the fore, with Van Gaal utilising the former Aston Villa man's ability to operate comfortably in a number of unfamiliar roles.
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"Working with Louis van Gaal has been a great experience," reflected Young in an interview with Manchester United's official website. "From pre-season the manager came in and talked about his philosophy and what he wanted to get out of it, the little details in training and just bringing the club on in the way he saw it and how he wanted things to go, it’s been fantastic.
"For me to have the opportunity to play under him and work under him day in, day out has been brilliant. He’s a fantastic manager and his track record and what he’s won in the game really speaks for itself."
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This time last year there were major doubts about Young's long-term future with the Premier League giants following a disappointing campaign under the former tutelage of David Moyes.
Many questioned where the England international would fit into Van Gaal's first-team plans moving forward, but the winger has answered those doubters emphatically by playing an instrumental role in the team's climb back into the top four and successful qualification for the Champions League.
"I’ve played in a few different roles and it has been a new experience for me," he added. "You know…left back, I never thought I’d see myself at left-back but I’ve found myself there during games and I’ve enjoyed it – I’ve enjoyed playing football again.
"As a player you want to play every game and I’m no different. The manager has called upon me whether it’s been left wing-back, left wing or left-back and I’ve gone out there and given 110 per cent as I always do and I’ve enjoyed the season.
"As I say, as a footballer you want to be playing regularly and I’ve been able to do that this season. I’ve kicked on and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
"We wanted to get ourselves back winning titles and trophies, but it wasn’t meant to be this season. If we can improve on the form we’ve shown this season and take that into next season, then definitely the titles and cups will be coming back."
After achieving the target of a top four finish that was outlined as a minimum requirement at the start of the season, the £120,000-a-week star is well aware that expectation levels from Manchester United supporters will increase again in 2015/16.
And, based on the borne-again ace's latest comments, he can't wait to get back out there and go again next term.
Manchester United fans: How pleased have you been with the form shown by Ashley Young this season? Do you think he'll have an important part to play again next term? Have your say below...
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