Ashley Young insists he’s ready to play for Manchester United after making a 59-minute cameo for the Under-23s on Monday night.
He was joined in the Reserves side by Luke Shaw as they both continued their rehabilitation in the 1-1 draw with Swansea City at Leigh Sports Village.
They were ruled out of the pre-season tour completely and had to play for the Under-23s to build up their fitness before making a return for the first-team.
Speaking about his situation, Young is desperate to make his first-team comeback.
“It’s great to be back,” Young said. “As a player, you want to be back on the pitch and it was good to get minutes under my belt. I’m feeling good, I’m feeling fit. I could’ve played longer, but I was brought off. I’ve worked hard since I had the operation done 13 weeks ago so I’m happy to be back out there.
“I’ve been training with the team for 10 days or so now,” Young continued. “So, whenever the manager calls on me, I’m ready to go. For us, it was a bit like a pre-season game, we’re obviously trying to get the win, but we wanted to get the fitness levels up too, and we’ll just take it from here.”
Next up for Mourinho’s men is a Premier League clash against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday and following two dominating 4-0 performances against West Ham and Swansea City, the Portuguese boss won’t switch up his teams too much.
However, he does rate Young highly and he’ll provide Mourinho with the right cover as they challenge on different fronts.