Jose Mourinho explains why Ashley Young started in attacking position against Liverpool

by Harry Robinson

Jose Mourinho has explained why Ashley Young started on the right-wing in Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.

Young has recently made his mark back in the Man United starting line-up, putting in a number of impressive performances at left-back.

Mourinho provided a surprise on Saturday morning when he named Young as his right-winger at Anfield.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mourinho said: “When he plays right or left back he plays because we have needs. He plays in his normal position today, nothing new.”

While it’s true that the more attacking wide position is more natural for Young, it shows how accustomed United and football fans have come to Young playing in defence.

The Englishman is one of United’s most reliable players, and has been since arriving from Aston Villa under Sir Alex Ferguson.

His performances have rarely been remarkable, but particularly under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, Young has been there to be called upon and produced good enough performances when he has been.

Young wasn’t that effective on the right-wing at Anfield, but United rarely attacked. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, too, was relatively anonymous.

The 32-year-old is a useful option to have for big games given the defensive solidity he provides from an attacking positon, and that’s likely why Young used him over Juan Mata.

The Spaniard was fully fit having not been called up for his country’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in the last two weeks.

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