Ashley Young has said he was not bothered by Louis van Gaal's comments during Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States.
The English winger enjoyed something of a renaissance of his Old Trafford career last season, making 29 appearances and scoring two goals.
However, Van Gaal said over the summer that Young was 'not a Neymar' - an honest assessment from the Dutch manager, but not something many players would like to hear from their boss.
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But the former Aston Villa player did not let his manager's words affect him and is confident Van Gaal knows his qualities going forward.
“I wasn’t bothered,” he said, as per the Mirror. “I was delighted to sign the contract. I am at the best club in the world. Obviously players come in and there is competition. The manager wants competition and he wants to rotate. I have had that competition throughout my career.
“We have fantastic players here. I said at the start of the season we have fantastic competition. Everybody wants to play but we all have to keep each other on their toes. I will look to give 100 per cent when I am called upon.
“The manager knows what I am capable of and that is why he has used me in games. I know my ability. I am always looking to attack in the position I am. I am one of those players who is creative on the ball and wants to attack. Whenever I am called upon I will go out and do that."
Young's career at Old Trafford looked bleak 12 months ago. The winger was out in the cold following a disastrous season under David Moyes and the introduction of Angel di Maria had pushed him further down the pecking order.
However, the 30-year-old was able to demote Manchester United's record signing to the bench and played a vital role in helping the club reach the Champions League.
The signing of Memphis Depay has brought more competition to the left flank, but Young has produced some exciting performances to keep himself in contention.
Having signed a new three-year deal at the start of the season, the winger appears to be a major part Van Gaal's plans going forward - despite not being 'a Neymar.'
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