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Time Is Running Out For Ashley Young

By on November 26, 2012

Ashley Young

There might not be much room for debate on whether Manchester United should employ the midfield diamond more often or stick to their wing-play tradition if the indifferent form shown by their wingers this season continues – in particular, Ashley Young.

The decision to spend 17 million (source: BBC) on Young last season confounded many fans. Nani, Rooney and Welbeck could all play down the left (the latter two in a 4-3-3). Ryan Giggs and Fabio Da Silva could also perform decent cameos on the left. Hence, with the well known problems being in central midfield, it was baffling that Sir Alex would spend big for another winger.

A probable idea would have been to employ Young more ‘in the hole’, as the creative outlet between the midfield and attack, and to take over the dead ball situations. But he has been ineffective on both fronts, and despite showing some promise in the first three months of the season, that form has quickly fizzled out.

A first-season return of 6 goals and 9 assists for a midfielder is good, but not for a £17m attacking midfielder who had 17 assists in his first full season at Aston Villa and 14 in his last season prior to arriving at United. Even Alex Song, who played a more withdrawn role for Arsenal, had 11 assists last season.

The poor form has continued into this season. After returning from injury, though he has been a regular starter, his performances have been frustrating for the fans. Failure to run past defenders, inability to whip in a decent cross, and wasting dead ball situations aren’t the reasons why Ferguson would sign a winger. Despite this, injury to Nani and Kagawa means that he is the only option on the left wing. Or is he?

When Cristiano Ronaldo was at United, Rooney often played down the left. It might not be his favoured position, but in a 4-3-3, he could be more flexible with Van Persie occasionally moving to the left during a game. Or Welbeck, who played on the left during his successful loan spell at Sunderland two seasons ago, could also interchange with Rooney in this, or a more mobile 4-3-1-2. On Kagawa’s return, he could play in the hole in this formation and switch places with Rooney on the left. Ferguson could also use the diamond structure that was successfully employed against Braga and Newcastle.

Fact of the matter is that Ashley Young is not indispensable. There are other players / formations that can be used to ensure he’s not selected week-in week-out. Antonio Valencia might not be in great form this season either but he still manages to beat defenders down the right and put a cross in. Moreover, he links up very well with Rafael down the right flank. At the moment, Young doesn’t have much going in his favour and it won’t be long before, like the fans, the manager runs out of patience too and tries to cut his losses.

What do United fans think of Young’s form? Should he be dropped? Get involved in the comments section.

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15 Comments

  1. maurice

    November 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    you must be serious delusional for thinking the diamond formation worked against braga , we only won that game when kagawa came off injured and we went into a 442 formation , apart from newcastle that particular formation has been disaster with attacking players not knowing their role ,leading to limited chances created

  2. amara brima

    November 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    young’s performance including that of welbeck these days has droped drastically. I suggest there issue be treated with all seriousness

  3. Adambrasco

    November 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    The guy is over rated and not good enough for united foer all nanis faults he has more ability in one of his toes than young, qpr or back to villa is his standard the guy offers little, can’t beat a man poor defensive qualities poor passer weak on te ball limited skill the guy is a bench warmer at best, a 39 yr old giggs is more effective and we all know it’s time for Ryan to start his oaching role at united ( as long as its not teaching corners ) !

    • yoby

      November 27, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you man you write the word in my mind about him(young)

  4. Balo

    November 27, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Young is no more a top player,utd need 2 sell d guy&replace him.he did nt deserve utd shirt anymore is a flop 2 utd team

  5. Boboye Olamilekan

    November 27, 2012 at 6:03 am

    I tink Nani is far better than young if united see a nice bid worth 10 million is beta dey sell him off

  6. jawiambe arua

    November 27, 2012 at 6:32 am

    i strongly agree with u guys,coz to me Nani is better than young and valencia in skills and ability apart from crosses valencia gives.SAF should begin trusting Nani and accept that the boy is good.

  7. daiel ogamba

    November 27, 2012 at 7:50 am

    i 100% agree that young doesnt deserve to wear united jersey iwonder why in the first case Fergie bought this guy just the fact that he is an English doesn’t make him good icant see him improving so we should offload him & leave Nani alone coz is by far mch better than Young & also Dan Welbieck he doesnt contribute much 4 the team & 4 the betterment of the club Giggs should retire & Scholes less than 10min in agame so that they cant cost ateam so mch is my appeal that Fergie should give achance to young prayers to prove to prove themselves

    • joe

      November 27, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Who r d yung players mate?

  8. joe

    November 27, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Yes Young shud be loaned to caddiff city…bring on Nani please

  9. Samirich

    November 27, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Young is just another example of how over rated some players are. Young along with Downing aren’t good enough for any big club not to mention Man Utd. The earlier this guy is offloaded the better for this team. Young is so frustrating…don’t know who is better between him and Bebe.

  10. KAKA

    November 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Young is no more a top player,utd need 2 sell d guy&replace him.he did nt deserve utd shirt anymore is a flop 2 utd team and Nani is far better than young if united see a nice bid worth 10 million is beta dey sell him off ..i 100% agree that young doesnt deserve to wear united jersey iwonder why in the first case Fergie bought this guy just the fact that he is an English doesn’t make him good icant see him improving so we should offload him & leave Nani alone coz is by far mch better than Young & also Dan Welbieck he doesnt contribute much 4 the team & 4 the betterment of the club Giggs should retire & Scholes less than 10min in agame so that they cant cost ateam so mch is my appeal that Fergie should give achance to young prayers to prove to prove themselves

  11. Bulletproof

    November 27, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I strongly agree with u guys, there ‘s a need of droping this shit called young to e bench n adapt 4-3-3 formation where rooney n persie can just interchange on e left wing

  12. Bulletproof

    November 27, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Young is a real flop n he need to be offloaded bfore it’s late

  13. tony

    November 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Its all becoming to embassing to watch utd stuggle through easy games this is reflected in their play young,giggs scholes yes nani, garrick who needs to stop telling every newspaper we needs strengthen up at the back as hes often the main cupit along with trip um up evans who has more off days then good, rio, eithen welbeck who simply can not handle one on one with the oppersitions goalkeeper how many goals = points has he cost get the utd bus in and ship them all off lower divisions which start below 10th place are you listening liverpool some nice bargins here

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