Ashley Young surpasses expectations at Man Utd

Ashley Young has never been short of confidence. He has had designs on Manchester United for a long time and having finally secured his dream move, he could not have wished for a better start at Old Trafford. The player once described by Martin O’Neill as; “Eight-and-a-half stone wringing wet but with the heart of a lion” has quickly established himself as an integral part of a United side that is currently tearing through the Premier League.

Young’s £18m capture was greeted with initial indifference. Against a backdrop of Paul Scholes retirement and links with Wesley Sneijder as a possible replacement, the signing of another winger was deemed unnecessary. Already boasting the likes of Luis Nani, Antonio Valencia, Ryan Giggs and Park Ji-Sung, greater deficiencies existed elsewhere in the squad. Five wins and 21 goals later, United have made a mockery of any supposed weaknesses and Young has banished any doubts or criticism in no time at all.

Instrumental in dragging United back form two goals down to secure a 3-2 derby win against Manchester City in the Community Shield, Young followed this with a man of the match performance in the 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion. Setting up Wayne Rooney for the first and whipping in the cross that won the match, courtesy of a Steven Reid own goal, United then chalked up a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur before the 8-2 rout of Arsenal, where Young scored twice. He was withdrawn from the 5-0 win at Bolton Wanderers after an hour, ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Benfica at Est

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