Ashley Young says Manchester United are ready to challenge on all fronts
Jose Mourinho’s side claimed a superb 4-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday, but they must immediately change focus from Europe back to the Premier League as they look to battle on all fronts. Utility man Ashely Young, who has become an integral part of the back-four, told ESPN: “Everyone wants to win every competition we are in. There’s not a competition that we are going to prioritise. We want to go at it on all fronts, whether that be in Europe or domestically”.
Anthony Martial omitted from French squad
Manchester United are a side full of outstanding talent that is coveted the world over. The likes of Romelu Lukaku, David de Gea and Paul Pogba, in particular, are players that would walk into most sides, which is true of their international teams too. Another that is growing into that status is Anthony Martial. The winger has been in incredible form of late and his dribbling, in particular, is sending the fans into overdrive. This makes his omission from the France national squad for the upcoming European Championships even more confusing. France manager Didier Deschamps said: “He could have been in the squad. It’s a choice. He was there during the Euros, he went through a tough time, which he got over. I can only tell him to continue to make me think about him”.
Ander Herrera is on a mission to get the best out of Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba had been enjoying a far better season this time around and his performances were the benchmark on which many of United’s wins have been built. His injury was incredibly untimely then, leaving Jose Mourinho’s side with a huge hole to fill in the midfield. One man that has been trying to fill this hole is Ander Herrera, who is also looking to make get the best out of Pogba when he returns. He told Scandinavian supporters’ magazine ‘United Supporteern’: “I feel very good to play with Paul. We know his qualities. His football is free, so you can’t keep him in one position, because then you lose all his qualities. So, when you play with him, you know he can win the game for you. I think there are not too many midfielders who can score 10 goals and give 12 assists, so we have to give him the freedom he deserves to win games for us”.
Herrera happy to bide his time
Last season’s Player of the Year Ander Herrera says he is happy to bide his time for first-team opportunities. He said: “There will be a lot of games this season, so we will sometimes play with two and sometimes with three, so we have a lot of solutions. Matic is a master class, one of the best in the world in that position, and I think he is going to help us a lot. With Carrick and Matic I have two mentors that I can learn from. so I will be there for the manager whenever he needs me”.