Ashley Young speaking during Manchester United's press conference.

Young: Bournemouth defeat won’t dampen spirits

Ashley Young says one defeat will not affect confidence in the Manchester United squad, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Partizan Belgrade.

The Reds had enjoyed a winning run of three games on the road, prior to last weekend’s trip to Bournemouth, where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were unfortunate to emerge on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline.

While even just one loss can often seem like a crisis in the media, the defender shrugged off any suggestion that was the case for United after our disappointing trip the south coast.

Instead, the Reds skipper is looking forward to our upcoming game against Partizan, when a win would see us guarantee a spot in the knockout rounds of the competition.
“That [defeat] is not going to dampen our spirits,”
Ashley told the media in Wednesday’s pre-match press conference.

“We’ve got a really good game tomorrow and we can qualify out of the group stages. We’ve got games coming up [after that] which are winnable. I think, from tomorrow’s game, we could hopefully go on another run and keep putting points on the board.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion,”
he added, when asked about recent criticism of the team's league position.
“What I see day in and day out, at training, the boys have been working. 

“We’ve been working on the training pitch as hard as possible to go out there and get results. Obviously, things haven’t gone as well as we’d like and, as the manager said, we went on a mini-run recently.”
The Reds have, at times, failed to kill games off this season after going ahead, but Ashley wants United to start rectifying that.

“It’s been fine margins,”
he said.
“In some games, where we’re winning 1-0 and we come in after the game and have drawn, it feels like a defeat. 

“But there are signs that we’re improving and I think we’ve shown that in the last couple of weeks. When we play on the front foot, we look a much better team.

“Tomorrow, if we can get an early goal, there are plenty more goals there to be had. It will give everyone a confidence boost if we can then go on a run.”

Young: I believe we are improvingVideo

At 34, Ashley is one of the older statesmen in a relatively youthful side, and our no.18 had some words of advice for our younger players.

“The likes of Mason [Greenwood], Jimmy [Garner], [Tahith] Chong, Angel [Gomes], Brandon [Williams], just to name a few, they’ve done fantastically well,”
the left-back told the assembled press. 

“They’ve come in and it’s a great opportunity to get minutes on the pitch. I think that’s just the way the club is and, when you see youngsters that are doing well, they come into the first team and that’s always happened throughout the years.

“They’ve just got to keep working as hard as they are in training. Keep learning, keep listening to the people that are giving them advice, and keep wanting to do better and improve themselves.”


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