Ashley Young hails ‘fantastic and brilliant’ Louis van Gaal

Ashley Young hails ‘fantastic and brilliant’ Louis van Gaal

Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young has thanked Louis van Gaal for turning his career around.

Young was often the butt of jokes last season and the large majority of fans wanted to see him sold.

However, the Englishman has completely turned around his fortunes this time around and was arguably Man United’s standout performer over the course of the campaign.

Young insisted van Gaal played a huge part in his success by giving him the confidence to express himself on the pitch.

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Speaking about the season, Young said: “Working with Louis van Gaal has been a great experience. From pre-season the manager came in and talked about his philosophy and what he wanted to get out of it, the little details in training and just bringing the club on in the way he saw it and how he wanted things to go, it’s been fantastic. And for me to have the opportunity to play under him and work under him day in, day out has been brilliant. He’s a fantastic manager and his track record and what he’s won in the game really speaks for itself.

“I’ve played in a few different roles and it has been a new experience for me. You know… left back, I never thought I’d see myself at left-back but I’ve found myself there during games and I’ve enjoyed it – I’ve enjoyed playing football again. As a player you want to play every game and I’m no different.

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“The manager has called upon me whether it’s been left wing-back, left wing or left-back and I’ve gone out there and given 110% as I always do and I’ve enjoyed the season. As I say, as a footballer you want to be playing regularly and I’ve been able to do that this season.

“I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve really enjoyed playing football again. I’ve kicked on and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. We wanted to get ourselves back winning titles and trophies, but it wasn’t meant to be this season. If we can improve on the form we’ve shown this season and take that into next season, then definitely the titles and cups will be coming back.”

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Aside from the obvious David de Gea, Young has been one of United’s best players this term along with the likes of Marouane Fellaini.

Supporters have been getting excited about the impending arrival of Memphis Depay but the Dutchman faces a challenge to take Young’s place in the starting XI if he continues his fine form. It is also encouraging to see van Gaal inspire confidence in his players following the disastrous reign of David Moyes.

Click here to read the full Young interview.

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