Ashley Young deserving of a starting place for Manchester United

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At this early stage of the new Premier League Season, Ashley Young deserves to solidify a spot in Louis van Gaal's team selection after some fine cameo appearances.

The much-anticipated fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool last weekend did not start in the emphatic way that fans have come to expect, with a lacklustre first half showcasing sloppy possession and lacking real imagination.

United new boy Memphis Depay failed to shine in the first half, showing reluctance to take on Liverpool players, adding to the lack of attacking intent in the first half.


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Van Gaal recognised this issue and brought on Young in the second half, who had an instant impact, winning a free-kick for United under a clumsy challenge on the left side of the Liverpool box, and added some much needed fire power to the Red Devils' attack.

He, unlike Depay, showed desire to take on players, with his attacking prowess and knowledge of how to get the best out of defenders resulting in a fresher looking United, whose dominance proved dividends with a 3-1 victory.

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With Young recently penning a contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018, the Englishman will hope he will receive more game time for his positive performances.

Young proved to be a talisman in the Liverpool game, and questions must therefore be asked over Van Gaal's team selection. Depay's £25 million price tag will make a difference in how Van Gaal lines up his side, of course, with the Dutchman wanting nothing more than to justify his expensive purchase. 

Depay, though, has failed to hit the ground running in the Premier League, though he scored a fine goal against former club PSV Eindhoven in United's recent Champions League fixture, in which he showed a positive improvement from the Liverpool game and might save himself from the drop.

This will not work in Young's favour, of course, whilst both players compete for a place in the team, though there's certainly an argument to say that Van Gaal should try and fit both players into the team, dropping the out-of-form Juan Mata in the process.

Regardless of Depay's transfer fee, Young's attacking talent and experience in the Premier League should warrant a starting place on Van Gaal's teamsheet this season, based purely upon the fact that, when called upon, the 30-year-old has proven a threat and delivered where his team-mates have failed.

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