Ashley Young signed for Manchester United almost eight years ago and has had varying levels of success at the club. He managed a decent return of 13 goals and assists from 19 league starts in his first season, which was the best campaign he’s ever had on paper, but has done well defensively in stints for Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.
United have reportedly opted to extend Young’s contract by a further year and he has spoken of his commitment to the club.
It’s reported every year that I am about to leave but I’ve always wanted to be here. And for as long as I can, I’d like to finish my career at United. I’ve got that mentality to keep going and change people’s minds.
I know how to play the game, I’ve got a football brain, and feel as fit and healthy as I did when I was younger. I’d be able to give the 23-year-old me a race.
Having been to the Euros with England, Young has never been to the World Cup, and is hoping that Gareth Southgate picks him for the plane to Russia. He earned an international call up in November for England’s friendly against Brazil, his first for 1,526 days, and he’s hoping that his versatility can sway the manager’s decision.
He started his career on the left wing, but has played full-back on both sides, as well as wing-back, behind the striker, and up front, and insists he isn’t precious about where he plays.
I’ve never had an ego about it. Things can be dissected too much. It’s football, go and play. There’s two goals, there’s the ball. Go and score.
If I’m asked to play a certain position, I’ll do it 100 per cent. Not to fill in, to cement a place. I can play in six different positions where managers can trust me. It must give them food for thought knowing I can do a job in different positions. Maybe that versatility could help with England. The World Cup is coming up quicker than people realise.
My last call-up was brilliant. I would like to think I deserved it, the manager said he would pick players on form and I think I’ve been playing well this season. There is another England squad in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I can be in that and then we have to wait and see. I’ve got to carry on what I have been doing and hopefully get the recognition.