Ashley Young’s Manchester United career looked to be close to an end last season, with the winger rarely playing and, when he did, looking dreadful.

However, under Louis van Gaal, whether playing as a wing-back or winger, he has looked this good this season, and the player has sung the praises of the manager for this.

There are obviously players in the team who have improved. When the manager asked us to do a job at the start of the season, he was honest and truthful in what he wanted to do. We all wanted to impress, especially when he came in during pre-season as a new manager. Everybody wants to do well and we’ve kicked on from there. We’ve now come down to the business end of the season and this is where it is vitally important to pick up points until the end. I am enjoying things. I am playing week in and week out. We have got competition for places, which is always healthy. Everybody has got to be on their toes and you see that in training, when the competitiveness is there. If you have got that in training then you take that onto the pitch. I am really enjoying myself, playing well and fingers crossed that will continue. As a player you have got to have confidence in your own ability and I have definitely got that. I have gone on a run of games when things have gone really well. It helps when you have got team-mates who are pulling in the right direction. Everyone is pulling in the right direction and buying into the manager’s philosophy, and wanting to do exactly what he wants us to do on the pitch.