Ashley Young explains how he won over Jose Mourinho at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan


Ashley Young has opened up about captaining Manchester United for the first time, explaining how he won over Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

He led the side out at Old Trafford in their impressive 2-0 victory over Chelsea and was the team’s most experienced player in the absence of Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling.

Young played very well on the left flank, with a committed performance and was given a well-deserved standing ovation from the United supporters when he was substituted for Timothy Fosu-Mensah in the 93rd minute.

Speaking after the game, Young was delighted to experience the role of the captain under Mourinho.

“I’ve had the captaincy midway through a game but to actually lead the team out was fantastic for me,” Young said. “The main thing was to get the result. We’ve got 11 leaders when we’re out there on the pitch, obviously, the manager is on the side as well, and when we make changes we’ve got leaders all over the pitch. We have to stick together, times are hard, but you have to carry yourself in the right way, in the right manner. When you’ve got 11 leaders, it helps you all over the pitch.”

Young has become a regular in the team since the turn of the New Year and, asked what he has shown the manager, the former Aston Villa man said: “I’m not too sure, I’m just one of those players who want to fight. I’ve got that fight, that hunger in my belly and I’ve got that desire to want to succeed. A lot of people will say things about me but I just keep my head down and work hard.

“When I’m in training I work every day, I work hard to be on the team and when you’ve got competition for places in such a fantastic squad, it pushes you on. If you were to watch training, there aren’t any challenges that are not in a game. Everybody wants to pull on that shirt, go out there and give 100 percent. I’m no different to that.”

Ashley’s impressive form prompted one journalist from the national press to ask if he could return to the England squad following a prolonged absence, but the United star would not be drawn. “I think I’m the wrong person to ask, to be honest,” he said. “It’s always an honour to represent my country.

“Maybe one day it might happen again. I’m just concentrating on things at United and wanting to play well here but if I’m called upon then I will be. But that’s down to the England manager.”

Many supporters were confused with Mourinho’s line-up before the clash against Chelsea but his tactics worked completely as he shut Antonio Conte’s men out of the game.

Young has proven he still has it in the locker and it’s clear Mourinho has taken a liken to the Englishman as he continues to work hard for his place in the team.

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