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.