Young: We fought for the win
Fresh from his solid outing at left-back, captain Ashley Young praises the Reds' fighting spirit against Leicester...
Q: Obviously all wins for United are big wins, but that somehow felt particularly important today? AY: Yeah I think it was, especially after the Palace and Southampton games. We wanted to get back to winning ways. It was a disappointed dressing room after Southampton, because I think they created two chances and one of them they scored. I said before the game that we needed to get ourselves back to winning ways and it could have been an easier game, but it was a tough, resilient performance. We had to dig deep, it was gritty, they had a lot of the ball, but we had to defend as a team and we did that superbly well and we got the three points. Q: Clean sheets have been an issue in recent months. It was so important to get a clean sheet today. AY: Yeah, of course. Obviously it’s nice as a goalkeeper and defender that you get as a clean sheet. For everyone in the team, the squad, they’ve got to be ready to do their job and put their bodies on the line and defend as a team and they did that today and I think that was why we got the three points. Q: Harry Maguire got a bit of stick from the away fans, but he stood tall today? AY: Yeah, of course he did. He was always going to get stick. I could tell him I get stick everywhere I go. It’s one of those things. You just brush it off and you’ve got a job to do. He’s a fantastic player and that’s why he’s at the club and if he keeps on putting in performances like that he’ll just keep getting better and better. Q: We had a bit of an issue with penalties earlier in the season. Marcus took one today as if there were no nerves at all. AY: Yeah. If anyone sees him at the training ground, he puts them in nine times out of 10. Everybody’s got confidence in him and we knew as soon as the penalty was won that he was going to take it. I knew as soon as he stepped up he was going to score it and everyone’s got confidence in him. Q: The season in many ways starts now. There are various competitions. How important was it to get September off to a winning start? AY: I think especially after the international break, you want to go into it winning. We weren’t able to do that, so when you come back the boys are tired from travelling we’ve got to show that gritty determination in our performance. I think we showed that today. We’ve got games coming up now every three or four days, so it’s all about recovery and I think my old legs will need to recover quickly. Q: Six players injured. Does it show there is resilience and quality in the squad that despite having players missing you still got the job done? AY: Obviously it shows strength and depth. We’ve got a world class squad here. Obviously we’re going to have injuries through the season and we’re not going to be able to do anything about it. It’s down to the players that come in and play in those positions. Every player that’s stepped up has done very well and like I say there is going to be times where the manager’s going to rotate the team and squad and everybody’s just got to be ready and prepared. When you train 100 per cent every day, day in day out there’s great competition for places and I think we’ve got that here.