Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United team is ready to challenge for trophies this season.
The squad carries strength in depth and versatile players, people who are comfortable performing in multiple positions.
Being deployed in three different positions so far, Ashley Young is giving his best on the field.
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After so badly being criticised during the David Moyes era, the 30-year-old has worked hard to become an essential part of Van Gaal’s philosophy.
The Dutch manager truly knows how versatile Young is, with the ability to play in different positions on the pitch.
Underrated Young is vital for Man United
Young impressed last season on the left-wing position. His playmaking and crosses to the likes of Marouane Fellaini made him a huge threat for the opposition.
The arrival of Memphis Depay, with the iconic number seven shirt, was always going to result in less playing time for Young.
Both Young and the Dutch midfielder prefer a role on the left. With Depay more threatening as a goalscorer, Young was used as a substitute against Sunderland on Saturday. Coming in and playing from the right-hand side of attacking proceedings, Young still did his best to create and contribute.
After the heart-breaking injury to Luke Shaw, Van Gaal needed to have a close look at his options. With Marcos Rojo also injured, Young provides the Dutch manager with a decent option.
Young started the game against Ipswich Town in the Capital One Cup tie as a left full-back. He wasn’t tested much but was constantly offering options while moving into attack.
Young is a proven team player, someone who just wants to get on the field and contribute towards the team’s success.
With games fast approaching, Young is one of Van Gaal’s most adaptable assets and is well-suited to the left-back position.
It is good to see the hunger Young possesses and he will be important for the Red Devils throughout the current campaign.