Ashley Young keen to help youngsters integrate into Manchester United squad

by Tanveer Arayan

Ashley Young has insisted he and the rest of the experienced members of the squad at Manchester United are keen to help the young players at Old Trafford progress smoothly into the first team.

Young, 30, has seen the likes of Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson make the step up to first team affairs over the course of the campaign.

Only Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Chris Smalling have played more games for Man United than Young in the current squad and the former Watford winger is keen to help the youngsters at the club.

“When I was coming through at Watford, the senior players always looked to help the youngsters getting into the squad and if you look at our squad now we’ve got a fairly young squad,” Young said.

“Our new boys have integrated into the squad the last couple of months and, as seniors, you want to help them as much as you can and to make them feel welcome when they come into our dressing room, and I think they have done.”

Youngsters at United have previously looked up to the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes within the squad but that era is gone and Young is right in saying that a new group of older players need to step up.

United have a young and promising squad, with players such as Rashford, Anthony Martial, Memphis Depay and Fosu-Mensah all set for bright futures. They will need guidance as they go through the ups and downs of first team football at United and Young, who seems to have a sensible head on his shoulders, will undoubtedly lend his ear should any of his teammates need it.

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