David Moyes has insisted he knows Ashley Young had a poor individual performance against Manchester City last weekend, but refused to single him out as a scapegoat for the loss.
The 28-year-old has been on the receiving end of some fierce and staunch criticism after his appearance at the Etihad. While he may have put in a poor performance, it wasn’t only him who didn’t turn up for the races and Moyes was keen to reiterate that the loss was a collective result.
Out of the starting XI, eight played in United’s 3-2 triumph at the Etihad last year (including Young) but United couldn’t establish a rhythm.
‘He (Young) didn’t play particularly well against City, but as I said you could probably have picked another half-dozen who didn’t,” Moyes said.
“Ash is fine. He will be OK.”
We previously stated that Young should not be made a scapegoat for United’s woeful team performance on Sunday and Moyes is in the same mindset. He may have had a very poor game but there were plenty of other underachievers in United shirts last Sunday.
Frustrations with Young stem back further than the City game but they just bubbled over after his performance. Still, it is good to see Moyes standing by his players in the face of adversity.
Despite his words of encouragement for Young, Moyes should be looking elsewhere for options on the wing with the likes of Kagawa, Nani, Januzaj and Zaha all ready for selection in the next few weeks.
Young needs to be kept out of the team to let his confidence grow again so that when we need to use him later in the year, he is a much better player than he has shown so far this season.