Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young is relishing his role as one the most experienced players at the club following the departure of a number of senior players last summer.
Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand all left Man United before the start of this season.
This meant 29-year-old Young was left as one of the most experienced players in the United squad.
Young believes he has coped well with the added responsibility but insisted all the players turn into leaders when they get on the pitch.
Speaking about his senior role this campaign, Young said: ”When you’ve got Vida, Rio and Evra leaving, individuals who were not only big characters but captains, people have to step up and take over that mantle.
“It has definitely happened. You give out more advice and try to help the youngsters along but it’s everybody’s job really. Everybody chips in.
“We’ve got one captain but, when we’re on the pitch, there are 11 captains and everyone wants to be pulling in the right direction and wanting to perform and do as we well as we can as a team. When you have got that on and off the pitch, it’s great.”
There were many calls for the Englishman to leave the club but Young has maintained a first-class attitude and fully deserves to be back in the team. Unfortunately for him, Roy Hodgson doesn’t share the same sentiment having left him out of England’s squad to face Lithuania and Italy over the international break.