Man United's Ashley Young: 'I still see myself as a winger,' not a left-back

Man United's Ashley Young: 'I still see myself as a winger,' not a left-back
From ESPN - March 12, 2018

Ashley Young has told ESPN FC that he still sees himself as a winger despite emerging as Jose Mourinho's first-choice left-back at Manchester United this season.

Young, 32, is just six games away from equalling his highest number of appearances in a season for United, having made 27 so far this term in comparison to the 33 he racked up during his first campaign at Old Trafford in 2011-12.

The former Watford and Aston Villa man has earned an England recall this season and was praised for his man-of-the-match performance at full-back during United's 2-1 Premier League victory against Liverpool on Saturday.

But he believes that, while he remains a winger at heart, his willingness to be versatile has helped extend his United career having been linked with moves away under the management of David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and, last season, Mourinho.

"I do not know [my best position]," Young told ESPN FC. "I am not sure anymore.

"I still see myself as a winger because I have played there for so long. I have played as a No. 10 as well. There are so many positions and I think it's only goalkeeper and centre-half that I have not played so far [for United].

"But wherever the manager calls upon me, I will go out there and give 100 percent and look to play well, which I think I have done this season. As a footballer, you always want to play and I wanted to be involved in more games this season. There are plenty more to play, and as long as I am playing well and the manager's happy, I want to be pulling on the shirt."

Young admitted he has been aware of the speculation surrounding his United future in recent years but claims his football brain has enabled him to evolve into a player capable of performing in a variety of roles.


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