Ashley Young has urged his Manchester United teammates to embrace their upcoming game with Valencia in the Champions League group stage as they attempt to reverse a disastrous start to the season.
Man United are tenth in the Premier League after seven games and out of the League Cup after a defeat at home by Championship outfit Derby County on penalties last week.
After winning 3-0 at Switzerland’s Young Boys in the first match day of the Champions League, Young is urging his teammates to look forward to Tuesday’s game as respite from disaster elsewhere.
Young told Man United’s website: “When you have these types of results, you want a game as quickly as possible.
“We’ve got that in a couple of days’ time, so we’ve got to dust ourselves off quickly and get rid of the disappointment.”
Young joined Man United from Aston Villa in 2011 for a fee believed to be between £15m and £20m.
He has gone on to appear 206 times for United, collecting a Premier League, Europa League, an FA cup and a League Cup in that time.
He started out as a winger but as he has matured has moved to a left-back position; unconventional for a right-footed player.
He is one of the senior players in the Man United dressing room and his call to embrace Tuesday’s test is an attempt to bring calm to a tumultuous dressing room.
Such is the downward slide though, that the Valencia game probably represents United’s last chance to save their season as they merely enter October.
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