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Ashley Young must start against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night

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Much has been made about Manchester United's attacking threat in recent weeks. Louis van Gaal's men have gone over five hours since their last goal and their approach play has been pedestrian and lethargic at best.

Wayne Rooney's selection as the lone striker has been a topic of debate all season, and, despite showing signs of promise in the win over Everton, the tactical decision has largely flattered to deceive.

The 30-year-old has been slated for his recent performances and it seems United fans are growing frustrated with Anthony Martial's continued role on the left-flank.

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Despite his goals drying up somewhat the Frenchman has performed admirably, never shirking his defensive responsibility and offering United's most potent threat in attack.

However, it is clear to see that Martial is wasted on the flank. Even Van Gaal knows that is not his best position.

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With Memphis Depay struggling for form, it was clear to see why the United boss altered Martial's position. But with Ashley Young now back to full fitness, it's high time he made another alteration.

The English winger has had to make do with a bit-part role this season and has only made two starts in the Premier League. But having recovered from a calf strain that kept him out of action for almost a month, he is the perfect option to United's lack of pace and penetration.

His form last season showed a side of Young that United fans had never seen before. He scored two goals, assisted five and produced five man of the match performances in just 23 league starts.

If he can reproduce his form of the 2014/15 campaign then he can be the answer to United's current issue.

The experiment of Rooney upfront has well and truly failed. There is no doubt it's time for Martial to be reintroduced. We all know that; it's just whether LvG will listen.

The England captain would be much more suited to a role behind his teenage teammate and the pace of Young and Martial would offer United a new-found dynamism in attack. 

Young's ability to cross the ball will also add another dimension to their play, something that has been missing in recent weeks and could help Rooney rediscover his scoring form.

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