Ashley Young is not fazed by how much competition for places there is at Manchester United and insists he was delighted to sign his new contract with the club.
Young turned his Man United career around last season under Louis van Gaal and transformed himself from a player nobody wanted to see in the starting XI to arguably the most improved player underneath the Dutchman in his first year in charge.
He’s continued in that same vein ever since and now Young is a key member of United’s squad, a place where he loves to be.
“I was delighted to sign the contract,” Young said.
“I am at the best club in the world. Obviously players come in and there is competition. The manager wants competition and he wants to rotate. I have had that competition throughout my career.
“We have fantastic players here. I said at the start of the season we have fantastic competition. Everybody wants to play but we all have to keep each other on their toes. I will look to give 100 per cent when I am called upon.
“The manager knows what I am capable of and that is why he has used me in games. I know my ability. I am always looking to attack in the position I am. I am one of those players who is creative on the ball and wants to attack. Whenever I am called upon I will go out and do that.
“When you are called upon as a winger you want to create chances and get shots off and hopefully I am doing that. Every player is there to do a job. I am just glad I am not the manager who has to pick the team. He has that headache.”
United opened their Champions League Group return with a 2-1 defeat in Eindhoven and now German side Wolfsburg visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.
“It is important to get a win against Wolfsburg. If you want to win the Champions league then you have to win your home games,” added Young.
“It was a disappointing start to the European campaign especially the possession and chances we had in Eindhoven that really was disappointing. We have start winning in the group now.”
Young’s transformation was certainly one of the more pleasant surprises under van Gaal and fans were happy to see him sign a new contract to stay at United.
With Luke Shaw out for the season, there is a possibility Young could step in at left-back and that multi-functional aspect of his game is certainly something which has put him in van Gaal’s books right from the start.
While he is not a Neymar type player who regularly turns games on their heads by his own accord, Young is a really strong asset to the squad and somebody who deserves his place at Old Trafford.