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Ashley Young discusses his return in the first team

Ashley Young has changed quite a lot under Jose Mourinho and now he is feeling better after he returned from injury, featuring for our Reserves team at first. Now he is full of confidence, probably not a Starting XI player material, Young still has a lot to give Manchester United and besides that, he has been in the team for years now and has been through a lot of changes. Mourinho can count on him especially on those games where experience is needed and on the other side we are yet to find our decent replacement on the left and occasionally he has been used on the right as well, making him versatile as he has turned into a fullback now.

He is trying to focus on becoming a better game reader especially with the role Mourinho gives him in the team whenever he is needed. Right now he is in a really good situation and his fine form may help United reach the goals set for the UEFA Champions League campaign.

“At my age, you have to read the game more, and at full-back you have to read the game more, I think I’ve got a good footballing brain to be able to do that. I’m just happy to be out there playing and whenever I’m called upon I’ll give 100 per cent.”

While he has been helping on the build-up play lately, Young has his eyes set somewhere else, getting back on the scoresheet, something that hasn’t happened for a long time now and he feels the necessity of doing it soon. However, the player thinks that the most important thing is playing well and helping the team, something that shows good character and the will of helping United win the title this season.

I have thought it’s about time I get back on the scoresheet. But as long as I’m performing and playing well that’s all that matters.”

Then he mentioned the fact that United’s goals have been distributed in eight different players making things easier when the game isn’t going our way and someone from else besides the strikers, finds the solution. There’s also a special mention of Antonio Valencia’s superb goal.

There’s been eight different goalscorers so we’ve had goals from all over the team. I think that’s ideal, it’s what you need to take you forward and help you to win things. Goals from all round the park do help and Valencia’s [strike against Everton] will be right up there for the goal of the season, I think.”

Away tests have never been easy and this won’t make a difference says Young who is absolutely right. It is indeed difficult as CSKA Moscow are well known to cause upsets and why not defeat us? With United in fine form, the player hopes that they keep on winning but it’s not something they should take for granted.

“That’s the Champions League for you. You get drawn against different teams and have to travel to different places. You just have to deal with it. It will probably be a hostile place – it has been before, so we’ve just got to be prepared.” 

Getting the three points is always nice, but for Ashley Young, a draw isn’t a bad result either considering the opponent and the fact that they are far away from home.

“It’ll be a good thing if we can get a win, but it wouldn’t be a bad thing getting a draw. But, whether we’re home or away, we’re looking to get the three points.”

Knowing the qualities of this team, the name of this club, it’s impossible to say that you don’t want the Champions League trophy back at Old Trafford. Despite not being part of it last season, United gave a strong message as they won the Europa League and didn’t return in Europe’s best competition as spectators. They returned to win it.

“A club of our size should always be fighting for the Champions League, fighting for titles and everyone’s delighted we’ve got Champions League football back. But, it’s not just one of those things to be back in it, we want to go as far as we can in it.”

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