Ashley Young: I've still got that fight and desire
Ashley Young admits he still feels like a 20-year-old as the experienced defender gears up with the rest of the Manchester United squad for the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's kick-off, the 33-year-old expressed how he still has the desire, along with the rest of the squad, to achieve success at Old Trafford as he approaches the twilight period of his playing career.
“I think when you come through this door you understand the size of the club and the pressures that come with this club, and it’s a club that wants to win trophies and has done in previous years,” he said.
“There are no players in this squad that don’t want to win trophies.
”I’m sat here at 33 feeling as young as any 20-year-old now and I’ve still got that fight, that desire and that hunger to go out and win things. I don’t think that will ever leave me and everybody in that squad wants to win trophies. When you come to a club like United that is your aim, to go and win trophies.
With Young having accumulated over 150 league appearances for the Reds during his seven seasons with the club, he is open to offering the club's youngsters advice on settling in to a club of United's stature.
“Obviously I have more knowledge than the youngsters in the squad, but when you go out on that pitch there’s 11 captains out there,” he said.
“Everyone’s got a voice, everybody wants to talk, to win.
”If any of the youngsters want to come and ask questions, then obviously I will try and give the knowledge that I’ve got and have since I’ve been at the club to them and just try and get us back to winning ways.
Saturday's visitors to Old Trafford are still in search of their first Premier League win of the campaign. However, with Rafa Benitez at the helm, Young anticipates United will need to play a waiting game if the opening goal doesn't materialise early on.
“We’re going to have to be patient,” he told us.
“Rafa Benitez knows how to set teams up and he’s come to Old Trafford and done that in the past. We want to score in the first few minutes, but if we don’t and we get to half time and we’re drawing, then we’ve just got to be patient and keep playing the way that I know we can play, create chances, take one of them and then just build on that.
”As long as we start well and we show the signs that we showed in midweek, and build on that, then I’ve got every faith that we will go and get three points.