Ashley Young has never lived up to the level that many Manchester United fans expected him to when he signed for over £15million from Aston Villa over two years ago.
Remember three years ago when Villa were a hell of a team? Well that was in part - actually in big part - thanks to the England international winger.
Young was a superstar, well as much of a superstar as you can be at a mid-table team. He might not have been racking up the goals, but he always proved handy, beating defender after defender and grabbing bucketloads of assists.
He also had one of the most wicked free-kick deliveries in the Premier League, often putting the ball right on the head of a once powerful Carlos Cuellar.
When Manchester United finally bought Young, many thought his competition would at the very least galvanize a potentially spectacular Nani to find a bout of consistency. United's wingers were flying back then 2009/10 and 2010/11 were two season where the wingers productivity absolutely soared.
Antonio Valencia had forged a deadly partnership with Wayne Rooney and Nani was finding the form that saw United willing to shell out 26 million euros for the 20-year-old winger. He had singlehandedly ripped apart Bayern Munich, and then continued his form into the next season.
His form then proceeded to fall off a cliff however towards the end of the season. Then came Young. His first two games were absolutely incredible - a fantastic performance against West Brom along with two goals and assists against a pathetic looking Arsenal endeared him to the Old Trafford faithful. His form then collapsed. Injury and poor decision making defined the rest of his year. He has never looked the same player since
This was especially evident against Liverpool on Sunday. Young was abysmal. Honestly, the worst player on the field because he barely made a single positive contribution to the game. I started to get frustrated every time he saw the ball because I became clairvoyant - five seconds later, the ball would be back in the opposition's possession.
Young tried again and again to beat Glen Johnson, and failed again and again. He couldn't pass his marker to save his life. Johnson stripped Young of the ball so often that it actually became tedious to watch. His passes were barely accurate and he made two crosses, one of which didn't pass the first defender. He didn't take a single shot, and the defensive ethic that has often been praised (to draw attention away from his various other failures) was non-existent.
Young probably put in one of the worst performances of his career so far, and it is time for him to go. He would be more helpful destroying the chemistry of another team than he would playing for Manchester United.
He's wasting space and making sure players with the potential to be great like Wilfried Zaha and Adnan Januzaj don't get any playing time.
With transfer deadline day looming, United would do well to dump Young from the squad-sheet. Maybe a trade could be possible - get rid of Young and acquire a new player: that would be the dream situation.
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