Young’s form could keep Shaw out of Man Utd

by Richard Laverty

Given the departures of Fabio Da Silva and Alex Buttner during 2014, it appeared Luke Shaw would have little competition for his spot when he joined during the summer.

But a change of system from Louis van Gaal and injuries to Shaw have seen Ashley Young played at both left back and left wing back and the former Aston Villa man has thrived in his new role.

During a good pre-season for the whole side, Young was a revelation in his new role, consistently proving an attacking threat and scoring a goal vs Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Shaw returned to action against Spurs after a month out with an ankle injury but he may find his return difficult due to Young’s form.

Young has been of United’s key attacking outlets in recent weeks, providing good width and chipping in with the odd assist, including against Liverpool two weeks ago.

The former Villa man then silenced his former side when he created the equaliser for Radamel Falcao last week and put in further impressive performances against Newcastle on Boxing Day and against Spurs on Sunday.

Why Young has appeared more effective at wing back rather than in his usual left wing position is a mystery to many but it would be very harsh on Young if he dropped out immediately for the returning defender.

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