Ashley Young is targeting an injury-free season as he looks to recapture the impressive form of his first campaign with the Reds.
Young made a bright start to life at Old Trafford following his move from Aston Villa in 2011, but his second season in Manchester was blighted by injuries.
The 28-year-old had been out of competitive action since the Manchester derby in April. But now, having made his return to the first-team as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea, he hopes to play an important role in his third year in red.
“I feel ready,” he told MUTV. “I didn’t have a full pre-season but I have been trying to get myself fit all summer and when I’m fully fit, when called upon, I will go out there and give 110 per cent.
“I had a stop-start season last year with the injuries I had, which was frustrating. But I was glad to get back out on the pitch and to get some minutes. I felt good out there [against Chelsea] and, fingers crossed, now I won’t have the same injury problems this season.”
Young had to contend with frustration of a different kind as the United chased victory against Chelsea. The Reds were the more positive team, but the final shot, cross or killer pass just eluded David Moyes’ men.