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Ashley Young happy to play anywhere for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United midfielder Ashley Young is willing to play wherever Louis van Gaal needs him after the injury to Luke Shaw.

Young has been one of the candidates to take Shaw’s place at left-back having played there on a handful of occasions last season.

The 30-year-old was given an opportunity to prove himself in that position, when van Gaal deployed him at left-back in the Capital One Cup against Ipswich.

Man United won that game 3-0 and Young insists he will always give his all, no matter he is asked to play. The winger told Manutd.com: “I’m a versatile player who can play there as well as on the wing. I played there during the week in the cup and if the manager calls upon me to play there again I’ll go out there and give 110 per cent as I always do.”

Young admitted that it is different for him, but he is confident he has the ability to play the role.

He added: “I feel comfortable at left-back and playing wing-back. It’s a different role for me compared to left wing or left midfield, there’s more of the defensive side to think about but I’m capable of doing that. I felt comfortable and, as I said, if the manager picks me to play there I’ll do everything I need to do.”

Young has been restricted to a place on the bench for the majority of this season but if his performances keep improving like they have, it should only be a matter of time before he finds himself starting.

That could be at full-back, as Daley Blind and Chris Smalling will not want their defensive partnership being broken up. Wherever he plays, Young is a player United fans can always expect to give his absolute all for the team.

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