Many fans can agree that Ashley Young should most definitely be sold. However some would argue that he hasn’t seen enough action under Sir Alex or David Moyes, and believe that Van Gaal should at least give him a chance. There are pros and cons to each argument, unless you strictly are looking for a successful and consistent starting XI. Then he should be sold.
Young was brought to Manchester United from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. He was a bit of a controversial signing, as he was young, but didn’t have the numbers that a player for United should have. It was for that reason fans hoped that he would be a long term signing. However, after three seasons with United, he is still yet to show us he is worth keeping.
He made 33 of his 86 total appearances (All competitions) for United in his first season at United, which was the 2011-2012 season, where out of those 33, he totaled 8 goals. For a first season player, fans didn’t have many complaints, but had hoped his second season would show drastic improvements to his game. Unfortunately his second season was even worse, where he totaled only 23 appearances, and not a single goal to show for that season. Fans were then a little hesitant about Young, but Ferguson kept him at United, and we had no choice but to support him and hope for the best. Last season Young totaled at 30 appearances and only 3 goals, showing fans that he is consistent, but not in a good way.
So far this year there hasn’t been much word on whether or not we’ll see Young in the 2014-2015 season, however fans (As we tend to do) are making sure Young is aware they don’t like him too well. On twitter, many of his tweets are being followed up with replies such as “You’re being sold.” That seems to be self explanatory of what the United supporters want with him.
Young will turn 29 on the 9th of July, and it is becoming more and more apparent that the prime of Ashley Young has either come and gone, or is yet to even be seen, if it even does happen. It seems as though his prime was at Aston Villa, where his goal count at least reached double digits for the goal total of the five seasons he was there.
If Young isn’t sold this summer, it doesn’t look like he’ll have a first team spot either, and he’ll just keep the bench warm for yet another season at Manchester United.