Ashley Young joined United from Aston Villa in 2011 and he has since transformed himself from an exciting winger into a formidable full-back, proving himself to be one of the most versatile options in the squad.
The Stevenage-born star came through the ranks at Watford and narrowly avoided being released as a youngster before becoming an integral part of their first team. His performances for the Hornets eventually earned him a move to then high-flying Villa in 2007, where he went from strength to strength.
During his time at Villa Park he won the 2009 PFA Young Player of the Year award, and was even described as “world-class” by manager Martin O’Neill. Assuming a more central role in his final season with the Villans, Young racked up nine goals and 13 assists in all competitions, which earned him his Old Trafford move.
He quickly endeared himself to the Stretford End faithful with a sensational display in the 8-2 demolition of Arsenal, in which he scored two fine goals to open his Reds account. However, after an impressive debut season, Young was struck down by injury for much of the 2012/13 campaign, although he did manage to pick up his first league winner's medal.
Renowned for his expert crossing ability, the former England international has since claimed an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Europa League trophy during his time with United.
Young has not disappointed when called upon in recent seasons, and his pace and cool head in high-pressure situations gained him many plaudits, along with the captain’s armband on several occasions. His influence was apparent again in 2017/18, and the no.18 enjoyed a memorable evening on his return to Watford’s Vicarage Road in November 2017, scoring two spectacular goals in our 4-2 win.
The versatile veteran made just four appearances in the first two months of 2018/19, but by October had grabbed hold of the right-back slot, starting eight successive fixtures. The tough, wiry pro was instrumental in the run of 14 wins in 17 games that fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign off to such an explosive start, and went on to enjoy his best season in M16 in terms of appearances.
Nowadays, he is one of the most senior members of the first-team squad, owing to his vast experience, and he remains one of the most popular figures in the dressing room, as well as embracing his role as someone who the new boys can look to for advice.