WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

15/06/2012 08:27

Papers: Young must wing it

Alan Hansen writes in The Telegraph...

Time for Young to show he can wing it
Ashley Young
was poor against France when he played just off striker Danny Welbeck, so the England winger will be much more at ease if Roy Hodgson deploys Andy Carroll alongside Welbeck against Sweden on Friday night. Young has pace and trickery, is good with both feet and is a great crosser of the ball, so, like any winger, he would relish the opportunity to provide opportunities for two forwards who have proved themselves so capable in the air. In the absence of Wayne Rooney against France, Young found himself playing in the role usually occupied by his Manchester United team-mate, but he was barely involved. He might still find himself in the same position against Sweden if Hodgson opts to stick with one man up front rather than two and, if he does, he could do worse than watch a DVD of Rooney in that role because few players offer a better example of how to make the position work. But this is a key game for Ashley because he will know that, regardless of how well he plays against Sweden, Rooney will be restored to the team in the position just behind the striker. That’s why it will suit Young to play on the wing on Friday night, a position he is comfortable in and one where he can be in control of his own destiny during Euro 2012.

The Sun expects Young will play on the wing this evening, with Hodgson set to "gamble" on Welbeck and Andy Carroll as a front two. But former United youth-team player and Mirror columnist Robbie Savage feels Ashley should be out of the team altogether.

Hodgson is obsessed with Rooney according to The Sun's Shaun Custis, who says he "is falling into the same trap as many previous England managers. He is convinced that only when Rooney returns will the Three Lions properly roar."

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