Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has described Ashley Young is the perfect professional to work with, praising the versatile star for having the application and attitude to take his new ideas on board and play in any position asked.
Young has reminded Red Devils fans of his quality this season, although not always in the manner we've come to expect from a winger blessed with natural pace and an all-important eye for a pinpoint cross.
The 29-year-old has been used regularly by Van Gaal in an unfamiliar wing-back role after showing potential in that position during pre-season, with the Dutchman insisting that he still feels Young is most effective in that area.
Van Gaal has revived Young's career
After watching Young score a late match-winner against Newcastle United on Wednesday night Van Gaal decided to pick him out for special praise, telling MUTV: “He is a player who wants to perform what you say. I think he fits good in my profile.
"We have played also with wing-backs and I think that is his best position. Now I use him as a winger and he does a very good job. I am pleased with him.”
Young's status has changed so much in six months
Very few United players have shown any sign of improvement under Van Gaal this season, but Young is definitely one of them.
Young was a peripheral figure to put it mildly under David Moyes last term, but when fit its been different story with Van Gaal at the helm.
Van Gaal should start him against Arsenal
Van Gaal clearly trusts Young to show vital positional responsibility when used at wing-back and has also played him further forward in recent weeks with encouraging signs.
The former Aston Villa star has provided width that United have been seriously lacking all season long in their last two matches, playing on the left-hand side against both Newcastle and Sunderland.
United fans may be desperate to see the best of Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata moving forward, but Van Gaal has to pick his best team with the pressure on to get results and for that reason Young fully deserves to keep his place.
The Red Devils lack penetration and this is something a much-maligned £115,000-a-week definitely provides, even if end product is quite often lacking.
Monday's FA Cup clash with Arsenal sees Young pitted against a team he's had great success playing against, his selection is a no-brainer.
Man United fans, how surprised are you by Ashley Young's renaissance under Van Gaal? Should he start against Arsenal? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below!
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